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A 48-year-old female asked:

Is there a leukotriene other than singulair that will not interact badly with maoi (parnate)? i need leukotriene for my asthma. i take maoi (parnate) for chronic depression. recently became unemployed - no more health insurance. ca no longer afford singul

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, because of patents, the only leukotriene inhibitors available on the market are singulair, (montelukast) Accolate and zyflo and singulair's the cheapest one of the bunch - and it's not cheap! i know so many people in your situation. Talk to your doctor about having a difficult time being able to afford your medication. Your doctor may have samples or coupons to offer you. Some drug companies even have special programs which offer medication discounts to people without insurance. It doesn't hurt to ask! good luck!
Dr. Brant Ward
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Assistance program: There is another leukotriene pathway medication called zileuton cr, but it is brand-name only and requires monitoring liver function periodically. However, you should ask your doctor about the patient assistance programs through the drug manufacturers that make singulair (montelukast) and/or zileuton. They may help pay for part or all of the cost of the medication depending on your level of need.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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