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Montelukast For Allergies
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Yes: Singulair or montelukast is an asthma medication which is also used for allergic rhinitis (allergic runny nose). Studies show it is more effective than antihistamines alone but not as effective as intranasal steroids. It can be combined with antihistamines which can improve its effectiveness. Singulair can be taken by inhaler or orally but should be taken daily since it takes a few days to work. ...Read more
Nasal steroid sprays for rhinitis/thick PND, give me perioral dermatitis. Tried antihistamines, montelukast, ipratropium, PPIs as alternative. Ideas?
No: Singulair (montelukast) is indicated for asthma and can also have some effect on people with allergic rhinitis. This medication is no indicated for food allergies and will not stop a food allergy reaction should it occur. Epinephrine is the only medication that will stop a food allergy reaction and should be carried at all times if you have a confirmed allergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: Singulair (montelukast) is one of many options for allergy treatment. Singulair (montelukast) is known as a leukotriene receptor antagonist. I know, not a great name. Well, it blocks leukotrienes that can cause itching, swelling, redness, etc. By doing so, singulair (montelukast) can reduce allergy symptoms, but it works best if you take it daily. I hope this helps! ...Read more
Add-on for hives: Ranitidine (zantac), although it's a different kind of histamine blocker (h2 for acid vs h1 for allergies), has been shown to have some anti-allergy properties, especially when used with an h1 blocker like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives. There was actually one study that showed benefit in nasal allergies, but i don't know anyone that prescribes it for that purpose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whichever works: for you would be the best to use, although it treats only one aspect of the disease, nasal itching and runny nose ,won't affect congestion, also during an allergy season you need to take it on regular, not on as needed basis, in the end if you are not controlled you need to see an allergist ...Read more
Using nasonex (mometasone) aerius singulair and advair still having post nasal drip from allergies . This can trigger my asthma. Suggestions?
Drippy nose: Try using azelestin twice daily to dry your nose . ...Read more
Yes: Sigulair (montelukast) is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and has the added benefit of relieving symptoms of seasonal allergies. In addition, montelukast is used for other conditions including exercise induced bronchospasm, AERD, and chronic urticaria (hives).This medication is NOT useful for the treatment of acute asthma attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Typical seasonal allergy meds make my anxiety worse (Clarita , zyrtec, (cetirizine)etc). What otc nosespray is good against sneezing/stuffy nose for allergies?
Nasal steroid: Consider a nasal steroid which is available OTC but may take several days to provide optimal benefits. ...Read more
Can montelukast become an alternative of allergens immunotherapy for perenial allergic rhinitis ?
Not really: I suggest 3 steps to controlling allergies : 1) avoid the things you are allergic to. 2) take medications to control the symptoms. 3) get 'allergy shots' (immunotherapy) to teach your body to not be "allergic" to those things (immune tolerance). Using a leukotriene antagonist control the symptoms some, but it is not the most effective medication, and is not an equal alternative to immunotherapy. ...Read more
Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.
Allergic help: You will definitely need to speak with your physician about this. Other alternatives include the short acting chlorphenamine (chlortrimetron), sold over the counter. There are prescription medications - xyzal, singulair, xopenex, (levalbuterol) Flonase and more. Ultimately - make sure you speak with your physician about this, since the medications you have tried so far are not providing relief for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergy ; Sinusitis: Hello. Ceterizine is an antihistamine used to decrease allergy symptoms. Since allergy is a very common etiology for sinusitis, it may be helpful. If a fever, post nasal drainage, facial pain, congestion, cough, ear pressure, and fatigue is present, then Cetirizine by itself isn't enough. See your doctor. An antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more
Not exactly: Zantac (ranitidine) is an h2 (histamine) blocker that is typically used for ge (acid) reflux. However, it is commonly used to treat chronic hives in combination with traditional antihistamines. It is also used for additional treatment of severe (anaphylaxis) allergic reactions although first line treatment is Epinephrine and h1 antihistamine. It will not help allergic rhinitis. ...Read more
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