Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)
What is Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) used for?
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) is an oral leukotriene inhibitor prescribed as a long-term treatment for patients who are suffering from asthma or the symptoms of hayfever. The medication widens the airways while relaxing the muscles in the chest area to allow easier and more comfortable respiration. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions. It should be noted that this medication is only meant to prevent attacks from occurring and should not be used during an asthma attack. Always keep an emergency inhaler on hand for this situation.
How should I use Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)?
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet administered each day, but your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a meal is suggested prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)?
Side effects that may occur while using Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) include:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual or worrying symptoms such as tremors, intense headaches, swelling of the sinuses, sensitive skin, easier bruising, anxiety, depression, mood changes, severe skin rashes, or deterioration of the conditions being treated. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent more complications from occurring.
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) should not be used to treat patients who are under the age of fifteen or who are lactose intolerant. You are also recommended to inform your doctor about any chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.