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Prescribing Information for Singulair (Montelukast):
What is Singulair (Montelukast)?
Singulair (Montelukast) is used for the inhibition of leukotrienes in the body. Leukotrienes are the chemicals released into your lungs when you inhale some foreign substance like pollens.
Leukotrine will produce bronchial muscle spasm and inflammation of lungs known as bronchitis. There will a state similar to asthma and you will not be able to breathe. It can help subside asthmatic response of the pulmonary tract in adults as well as in children above 12 months of age.
It can also treat flowing nose and attacks of sneezing occurring after exposure to the pollens you should give Singulair (Montelukast) to children without prescription from your doctor.
Singulair (Montelukast) can also be used for preventing exercise induced bronchoconstriction (narrow lung passages causing difficult breathing). This can be used in teenagers above 15 years of age and in adults.
What is important to know about Singulair (Montelukast)?
Singulair (Montelukast) has more preventive action than the curative action. It should not be used during an asthmatic attack rather should be used to prevent it. Singulair (Montelukast) will take weeks to show improvement. It will decrease the frequency of attacks of asthma. Do not stop the drug without consulting your doctor. Talk to your doctor if your condition is not improving. Singulair (Montelukast) should not be used for preventing exercise induced bronchoconstriction if you are already using it to prevent asthma and allergy reactions.
Talk to your doctor if any mood disturbances and self harming thoughts are in your mind.
What should I tell my doctor before taking Singulair (Montelukast)?
If you have any allergy to montelukast you can’t use Singulair (Montelukast).
Singulair (Montelukast) tablets contain a compound known as phenylalanine. Do not take Singulair (Montelukast) if you are suffering from phenylketonuria.
Singulair (Montelukast) belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. It will not harm the unborn baby and its not known to pass through mother’s milk, hence, can pass to the new born baby.
How should be taken Singulair (Montelukast)?
You must go for regular examination to rule out any adverse effects of Singulair (Montelukast).
Keep the medicine away from high temperature and moisture.
Singulair (Montelukast) should be used as prescribed by your doctor. You must read the prescription table before starting us this drug. Don’t increase the dose of Singulair and don’t stop the treatment until your doctor recommends. Singulair should be used as prescribed by doctor.
You must take Singulair with water and no other fluid.
Singulair (Montelukast) can be consumed with or without your meals.
Singulair (Montelukast) must be used once a day preferably in the evening. If you are using it to prevent exercise induced bronchospasm, use it one or two hours before your exercise. Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours.
Singulair (Montelukast) is available in the form of oral granules. You can directly swallow them or you may mix them with a spoonful of applesauce, ice cream, rice etc. These can even be mixed with breast milk or baby formula for your children. Do not store the oral granules you must use them within 15 minutes.
Don’t take Singulair for asthma attack. You must use the prescribed medication to control the asthma attack. If you are steroids do not stop them rapidly.
Talk to your doctor for learning about steroids. Do not change the medication schedule for asthma without prescription from your doctor.
Store the drug in dry place and away from children.
What will happen if I forget a dose?
If you forget to take you scheduled dose, consume it as soon as you remember. However, you must keep the regular gap between two doses and should not over dose the drug. The drug should not be used empty stomach and do not repeat the medicine too frequently.
In case of overdose.
If you take an overdose of Singulair (Montelukast) you should call poison helpline.
Symptoms of overdose of Singulair (Montelukast) are not certain.
What should I avoid while taking Singulair (Montelukast)?
You must not precipitate the factors which can induce asthma. Avoid the use of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS like ibuprofen, diclofenac, indomethacin, piroxicam and naproxen if you are using Singulair (Montelukast). Don’t take aspirin with Singulair.
Side effects of Singulair (Montelukast).
Singulair (Montelukast) can cause allergy producing adverse reaction. You must consult your immediately if you experience difficulty in creating, hives, swollen or puffy face, redness of lips, swelling of tongue and acute disorders of throat. If you get any acute allergic condition after using Singulair stop the drug immediately and talk to your physician.
There can be numerous side effects that may arise from the use of Singulair. These are common side effects which include diarrhea, constipation, and headache, heaviness in head, fever, and drowsiness, indigestion, fatigue and rise of appetite.
Serious or uncommon side effects occur in some patients. These are changes in taste, insomnia, skin rash, and fever, severe blisters in month and throat and severe headache.
The list of side effects given here isn’t complete. You can consult your doctor to know about more side effects.
How other drugs affect?
Singulair (Montelukast) should not be used with Phenobarbital and rifampicin.
This drug list is incomplete, tell your doctors about the supplements, herbs and over-the counter drugs you have been using. Singulair (Montelukast) may interact with these to produce drug interactions.
Other useful information.
Keep Singulair (Montelukast) out of reach of children.
Montelukast contains the same ingredients as Singulair (Montelukast). Singulair is available in 4 mg and 5mg tablets. These are chewable tablets. 4mg tablets are oval and pink in color. 5mg tablets are pink and round in shape. Singulair 10mg tablets are of being color and round-square shaped. It is also available in 4mg oral granule pack which is white in color.
Information provided here is accurate but no guarantee is claimed about the degree of accuracy.
We have tried to provide you with most of useful facts about Singulair (Montelukast).