Overview of Azatadine
Azatadine, also known by its brand name Optimine, is an antihistamine medication that blocks the effects of histamine in the body. It is commonly used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold, such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, watery eyes, hives, rashes, and other related symptoms.
Important Information about Azatadine
It is important to use caution when taking azatadine, as it may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities if you experience these side effects. Additionally, alcohol should be used cautiously while taking this medication.
Do not take azatadine if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) in the last 14 days, as this can lead to serious side effects. Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, stomach ulcers, an enlarged prostate, hyperthyroidism, hypertension, heart problems, or asthma.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking azatadine. Infants are especially sensitive to antihistamines and serious side effects could occur.
If you are over 60 years old, you may be more likely to experience side effects from azatadine and may require a lower dose.
How to Take Azatadine
Take azatadine exactly as directed by your doctor. It can be taken with or without food and should be swallowed with a full glass of water. Do not exceed the prescribed dosage of 2mg per day.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Store azatadine at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Possible Side Effects of Azatadine
Stop taking azatadine and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction or any serious side effects, such as extreme sleepiness, confusion, weakness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, large pupils, dry mouth, flushing, fever, shaking, insomnia, hallucinations, or seizures.
Other less serious side effects may include sleepiness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, difficulty urinating, or an enlarged prostate. If you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects, talk to your doctor.
Drug Interactions with Azatadine
Do not take azatadine if you have taken a MAOI in the last 14 days. Talk to your pharmacist before taking any other over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy, or insomnia medications, as they may contain similar medicines that could lead to an overdose of antihistamine.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any anxiety or sleep medicines, medications for depression, or any other medications that make you feel drowsy, sleepy, or relaxed.
Azatadine is an antihistamine medication used to treat symptoms of allergies and the common cold. It should be taken with caution and under the direction of a doctor. If you experience any serious side effects or have concerns about taking this medication, talk to your healthcare provider.