What is Singulair?
Montelukast which is referred to as Singulair is a leukotriene inhibitor. Leukotrienes are chemicals that are found in the body and when you breathe in certain allergens these chemicals are released into the body. These chemicals will cause swelling in the lungs which can result in tightening of the airway muscles making it hard to breathe or causing asthmatic symptoms.
Montelukast is what is used to help with treating asthma in both children 12 mos and older as well as adults. It’s used to prevent bronchospasms that may be induced by certain physical activities in children who are at least 6 years old and adults.
In addition, they can help with treating symptoms that come with year round allergies in adults and children who are at least 6 years of age. Seasonal allergies are also treated in children 2 and older as well as adults.
This medication should not be given to children without first consulting with your doctor.
Montelukast helps prevent constriction of the bronchi in both teenagers and adults and those who aren’t already taking this medication for certain other conditions that it can treat.
Avoid using extra doses if this is already being used to treat asthma conditions or symptoms that come with seasonal allergies.
There are also other medical purposes that this medication can treat that you won’t find in the medication guide.
What is Essential to Know About Montelukast?
If asthma has already started this product is not going to work fast enough to stop the asthma attack. In this case a fast-acting inhaler should be used instead to help stop the attack and treat the symptoms. You should consult with your health care provider if you have any questions and if your inhaler doesn’t seem to be doing the trick so that they can help find something that will work for your particular case.
You may have to wait a few weeks before you begin to feel relief in your symptoms so be sure to give it time to work. This medication should be continuously used as prescribed for optimal results and if you do not see improvement in a few weeks be sure to go back to your doctor.
If for some reason this medication is not working get a hold of your doctor to report it so they can put you on something that is going to work for you. If you notice that you are using more than is recommended you should call your doctor as well.
If you begin to notice any changes in your behavior make sure you notify your doctor such as anxiety, depression, or even suicidal thoughts.
What Should Be Discussed with Your Healthcare Provider Regarding Singulair?
If you are allergiv to montelukast you should avoid taking this medication. The tablet form of this medication contains phenylalaline and you should talk to your provider if you suffer with PKU.
This medication is a Category B as far as pregnancy is concerned and can be harmful to baby if you are pregnant. If you are you should make plans to talk to your doctor about effects it can have on your baby.
It’s not known as to whether this product will pass over to baby from breast milk or not so you shouldn’t breastfeed without talking to your doctor first if you are using this medication.
Side Effects of Singulair
You should consider getting help immediately if you have an allergic reaction ot this education which can include hives, swelling of the face or lips and a difficult time breathing.
If you experience any of the following side effects give your health care provider a call at once:
- Skin rash
- Tremors or shaking
- Bruising easily
- Changes in your mood or behavior
- Pale skin
- Skin rash
- Asthma symptoms that get worse
Some symptoms that you may experience that are not as severe include:
- Feeling exhausted or tired
- Heartburn or an upset stomach
- Tooth pain
- Overall fatigue
- Mild rash
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Interactions with Singulair
If you are on other medications be sure to tell your doctor, especially if you take phenobarbitrol or rifampin.
There are a number of other drugs that Montelukast interacts with so be sure to get with your healthcare provider to learn what they are and how they are going to interact. There are a number of minerals and other herbal products that are going to interact with this medication so be sure you avoid starting Singulair without talking to your doctor first.
What Should I Avoid with Singulair?
The most important thing is to avoid situations that may trigger things that will cause you to have an asthma attack.
If you notice that your asthma symptoms are getting worse especially when you take aspirin, you should avoid taking it as well as other NSAIDs. Some examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.
Dosage of Singulair
You should follow the dosage directions that were given to you by your doctor. Do not take more than is recommended and try not to miss a dose. You should follow the label instructions.
You will take this medication once daily preferably in the morning and this will help with all day relief from asthma and allergy symptoms. To help with exercise induced bronchconstriction you should take a dose about 2 hours before you begin any physical activity and avoid taking another dose for 24 hours.
If you are taking this medication to help with preventing asthma or other allergy symptoms you should avoid using it for exercise-induced symptoms.
This tablet should be taken whole with a glass of water.
There are also oral granules that you can take that are placed under the tongue and will dissolve in the mouth or you can mix them with applesauce, ice cream, rice and even mashed carrots. These granules can additionally be combined with 1 tsp of formula if you have a hard time swallowing pills. You should avoid using other fluids while taking the pills but you can have these fluids after you have taken the pill.
If you are additionally using a steroid asthma medication, talk to your doctor before you stop using it. You may still need it just in a lesser dose to help with symptoms.
What Happens if You Take Too Much?
If you feel that you have taken too much of this medication you should contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
What if I Miss a Dose?
Rather than taking a double dose, you should take the missing dose when you realize that you have missed a dose but if it is close to the next dose take that dose and avoid taking double doses.