Important Info on Astepro
This medication has been evaluated in studies for treating nasal allergies. In these studies, Astepro helped decrease symptoms of nasal allergies (defined in these studies as runny nose, nasal itching, nasal congestion, and sneezing).
In addition, studies suggest that Astepro may be a little more effective than Astelin, although it does not appear that the studies were specifically designed to compare the two medications with each other (the medications were individually compared with a placebo, a nasal spray with no active ingredient).
When and How to Take Astepro
Some general considerations include the following:
- Astepro comes in nasal spray form. It is usually taken twice a day.
- The first time you use each bottle of this medication, you will need to prime the pump by spraying six times until a fine mist appears. If you have not used the bottle within the last three days, you may have to reprime the pump by spraying it twice.
- Blow your nose before each dose. Breathe in gently while spraying into your nose. Do not try to inhale the spray or breathe in too deeply, as it works when it comes in contact with the inside surfaces of the nose (not the throat or lungs).
- Do not tip your head back immediately after taking Astepro, as this increases the chance of experiencing a bitter taste.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Astepro will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Astepro that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on how you respond to the medication. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Astepro Dosage for more information.)