Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)
What is Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) used for?
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) is used to treat the symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing and breathlessness, and to decrease the occurrence of asthma attacks. This drug is also used in the prevention of exercise induced bronchospasms. Apart from being used to treat asthma, it is also used to treat symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis. It works by helping to block natural substances in the body, known as leukotrienes, which can cause asthma and other allergies, and this in turn helps to reduce swelling and make breathing easier.
How should I use Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)?
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) tablets should be taken orally. Patients using this drug to treat asthma should take one dose in the evening. For those using it to prevent breathing difficulties caused by exercise, it should be taken 2 hours prior to exercise. To treat allergic rhinitis, you may take this drug at any time of the day. Patients using this drug regularly should never take an extra dose before doing exercise. These dosage guidelines may not be suitable for each patient. Therefore you should always consult your physician before taking this drug so that a suitable dosage can be prescribed for you.
What are the side effects of Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)?
Patients taking Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) may notice some side effects, such as:
Although it is rare, there are also other more serious side effects associated with this drug. Consult your physician immediately if you notice changes in mood, hallucinations, pain in the shoulder or muscular weakness.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Singulair (Montelukast Sodium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.