What You Need to Know About Astepro's Indications
How Does Astepro Work?
Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance -- one that does not bother most people. This reaction is partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells, known as mast cells.
Astepro is an antihistamine nasal spray that acts in at least two different ways. It helps prevent the release of histamine from mast cells, and if any histamine is released, Astepro prevents it from binding to histamine receptors. Since histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of allergies, blocking histamine can be very helpful.
Many allergy decongestant nasal sprays (especially non-prescription nasal sprays) can cause rebound congestion, which is a worsening of congestion when the medication is stopped. This can lead to dependence on the nasal spray.
In order to avoid this problem, it is usually recommended that such medications be used only for a few days. However, Astepro is not a decongestant and does not cause rebound congestion; it can safely be used long-term without a significant risk of rebound congestion.
Uses of Astepro in Children
Astepro is approved to treat seasonal and perennial nasal allergies in children as young as six years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Astepro in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Astepro for something other than seasonal nasal allergies (such uses are known as "off-label" uses). Using it to treat non-allergic nasal symptoms due to irritants (known as non-allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis) is a potential off-label use.