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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Singulair (Overview)

Singulair is a lung agent.


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What does singulair (montelukast) do? Can it break up mucus?

What does singulair (montelukast) do? Can it break up mucus?

Treat Asthma/Allergy: Yes it can help with mucus. Singulair (montelukast sodium, msd), is a selective orally active leukotriene receptor antagonist that specifically inhibits the cysteinyl leukotriene cyslt1 receptor. In asthma, leukotriene-mediated effects include a number of airway actions, including bronchoconstriction, mucous secretion, vascular permeability, and eosinophil recruitment.

Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Singulair (Overview)

Singulair is a lung agent.


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Please describe the medication: singulair (montelukast)?

Please describe the medication: singulair (montelukast)?

Asthma / allergy med: In the form of a once daily pill. Read more about it on drugs. Com or similar websites.

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What reason might a doc prescribe singulair (montelukast) at dosing for >6yo for a smaller than avg. 3y.O.?

Dose per weight: In general pediatric medications are dosed based on a child's weight, this enhances the likelihood that the dose will be safe for a child's metabolism. Singulair (montelukast) dosing recommendations, from the manufacturer, are based on age and your doc may have suggested the higher dose due to size or severity of symptoms.

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Can you use singulair (montelukast) for your allergies?

Can you use singulair (montelukast) for your allergies?

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!

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What conditions can singulair (montelukast) and alavert be used for?

Allergies and Asthma: Singulair (montelukast) was first approved for the treatment of asthma, but was later found to effective and was approved for the the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Alavert, or loratidine is an antihistamine used for treating allergies.

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Is singulair (montelukast) effective in treating vasomotor rhinitis?

Is singulair (montelukast) effective in treating vasomotor rhinitis?

No: There is no study supporting its efficacy. However it may be helpful for allergic rhinitis (50%) ; especially Aspirin exacerbated rhinitis. A nasal antihistamine may also be helpful for vasomotor rhinitis yet you are apparently not on it.

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Can singulair (montelukast) for kids work straight away?

Yes: Singulair or montelukast starts to work within one hour of taking a dose. However, for asthma it will start to work quickly but it will not reach the maximum anti inflammatory effect for 2-3 weeks.

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How to tell if singulair (montelukast) works for me?

Therapeutic trial: Singulair (montelukast) is indicated for treatment of asthma and nasal allergies. As with all drugs, some people respond better than others. A trial of 1 month is a reasonable period to see if this medication is effective for you.

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Mildly sensitive to nsaids in the form of 2-3 hives. Will taking singulair (montelukast) prevent risk of reaction and allow me to safely use nsaids again? No asthma

Mildly sensitive to nsaids in the form of 2-3 hives. Will taking singulair (montelukast) prevent risk of reaction and allow me to safely use nsaids again? No asthma

Allergy: You are allergic to nsaids and singular will not prevent an allergic reaction to them. I believe that Aspirin may also be dangerous for you to take as well. I recommend having an allergist evaluate you to be sure.

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Is it dangerous to suddenly stop taking singulair (montelukast)? I will run out in 6 weeks, and it doesn't look like i'll be able to get an appointment in time.

There's no warning: There is no warning of danger in abruptly stopping singulair (montelukast) - so don't be afraid. But, if you are really pleased with its' performance and really want to continue, i'd hope the physician's office could call-in a short extension without an appointment. If the pharmacist is familiar with you & the physician, they might provide enough to span until your appointment. It's worth inquiring, right?

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What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

Non-toxic but...: While every medication has benefits and side effects, the benefits of advair (combination inhaler) and singulair (montelukast) (leukotriene tablet) outweigh the risks when treating serious conditions such as asthma. Long term studies have shown a small affect on rate of growth in pediatric patients for medications containing steroids (advair) but not singulair (montelukast). An allergist can review these issues in detail.

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Can Singulair (montelukast) 10mg cause a pimple breakout? Is it a side effect?

No: Very unlikely for Singulair (montelukast) to cause acne. Acne is so common that there will always be some people taking any medicine who will coincidentally have acne.

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What are the side effects of singulair (montelukast) in children?

What are the side effects of singulair (montelukast) in children?

Usually none: The list of possible side effects for singulair (montelukast) is long, but most are the same symptoms kids get all the time from common illnesses, meaning kids got sick while testing the medication: headache, flu-like symptoms, stomach ache, cough, dizziness, fatigue, decreased appetite, rash, fever, itching, hives, ear infections, colds, anxiety, restlessness, tremor, sleep issues. Rarely, serious ones happen.

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How long does it take for singulair (montelukast) to be effective?

How long does it take for singulair (montelukast) to be effective?

2: Singulair (montelukast) can be effective in as few as 2 hours. For patients with exercise induced asthma should take singulair (montelukast) at least 2 hours before exercise to be able to feel the effect of the medication. Because of the inflammatory nature of asthma in most other cases it can take several days to achieve full benefit of the singulair (montelukast).

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Are there any longterm effects of using singulair (montelukast) and zyrtec daily? Both perscribed and I have had no syptoms of asthma for the last 1-2years.

Are there any longterm effects of using singulair (montelukast) and zyrtec daily? Both perscribed and I have had no syptoms of asthma for the last 1-2years.

Fantastic!: No, there are no long term problems with using both of these on a daily basis. They are doing exactly what we want them to - no ER visits or hospitalizations, no need for oral or IV steroids to keep your asthma controlled. Keep up the good work and make sure to exercise your lungs as well to build up their capacity and good health! Flu shots will be available in about 2 months for this season....

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Cyclic horrible bark cough q 3 wks. On ppi, asthma inhalers, and singulair (montelukast). Nothing works except prednisone but I can't take that life long. Desperate?

Cyclic horrible bark cough q 3 wks. On ppi, asthma inhalers, and singulair (montelukast). Nothing works except prednisone but I can't take that life long. Desperate?

Post-nasal drip?: When treating a chronic cough, you must treat every possible contributor to the cough or it won't resolve. Post-nasal drip or any sinus condition can result in bronchospasm and, thus, the cough. Perhaps you need to add a nasal steroid spray to your regimen in addition to a steroid inhaler and your other meds. You may need a very slow steroid taper to get to the lowest possible effective dose.

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Does Prilosec and singulair (montelukast) interact?

No: There are no interactions between Prilosec and singulair (montelukast). You can safely take both meds together. Prilosec is better taken on an empty stomach, 20-30 minutes before breakfast.

Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Montelukast (Definition)

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