Azelastine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of itching or watery eyes.

Azelastine ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies (hay fever).

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  • Less common
    Cough
    difficulty breathing
    noisy breathing
    shortness of breath
    tightness in chest
    wheezing
    Some azelastine ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Bitter taste in mouth
    headaches
    temporary eye burning or stinging
    Less common
    Burning, dry or itching eyes
    blurred vision, temporary
    chills
    diarrhea
    eye discharge or excessive tearing
    fever
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    hoarseness or other voice changes
    itching skin
    joint pain
    loss of appetite
    muscle aches and pains
    nausea
    redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
    runny nose
    shivering
    sneezing
    sore throat
    stuffy nose
    sweating
    tender, swollen glands in neck
    trouble in swallowing
    trouble sleeping
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting
  • (azelastine hydrochloride) ophthalmic solution