What is Singulair (Montelukast Sodium) used for?
Singulair (montelukast) is a medication used to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma and lower the number of asthma attacks. Montelukast can also be used before exercise to prevent breathing problems while exercising. This medication can assist in decreasing the number of times you may need to use your rescue inhaler. Singulair is also used to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis and hay fever. This medication doesn’t work immediately and shouldn’t be used for the relief of sudden asthma attacks or other breathing problems. Singulair works by blocking natural substances that can cause and worsen asthma and allergies. It helps to make breathing easier by reducing inflammation in your airways.
Frequently Asked Questions About Singulair (Montelukast Sodium)
Always read the information given with the medication when you start Singulair as well as when you refill it. Take montelukast by mouth either with or without food as instructed by your doctor. Your dosage will be based on your response to the medication and your medical condition. When you start Singulair or change the dosage watch out for side effects. There is an increased chance of mood and mental changes during these times.
If you’ve been prescribed the chewable tablets, chew them thoroughly before you swallow. If your child is unable to safely chew and swallow them, talk to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. Take montelukast at the same time daily. If you take it to prevent allergies, take your dose in the morning or evening. If you use Singulair to prevent breathing problems when you exercise take your dose at least 2 hours before you exercise.
Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours. If you take montelukast to mitigate allergies, do not take a dose before allergies as this may increase your risk of side effects. Do not change anything about how you take Singulair (dosage or frequency of use) without first consulting your doctor. Continue taking montelukast regularly to control your asthma, even during sudden asthma attacks and periods where you have no asthma symptoms. Continue taking other medications for asthma as instructed by your doctors.
Singulair works over time and is not intended for the relief of sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack or similar breathing problem occurs, use your prescribed quick-relief inhaler. You should always carry your quick-relief inhaler on you. If your asthma symptoms get worse and your quick-relief inhaler isn’t working tell your doctor promptly.
Though there are some medications that should never be used together, sometimes two medications that interact can be safely used together. In these cases your doctor will take the necessary steps to mitigate interactions.
The following medications may interact with Singulair:
This is not an exhaustive list of drug interactions. Always share a list of products you take with your doctor. This list should include: prescription, non-prescription, herbal products, and vitamins. If you have any questions about Singulair or our ordering process you can reach out to our team of customer care agents or a licensed pharmacist at 1-844-416-4282.
Most people will experience side effects when starting a new medication. The most commonly occurring side effects are mild and will subside after an adjustment period when you start a medication or go up in dosage. Some side effects are more serious and you should immediately seek medical attention if experiencing them.
An allergic reaction to Singulair can result in: breathing difficulties, hives, and the swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat.
Some of the more serious side effects of montelukast are: irritation, strong sinus pain, worsening asthma symptoms, changes to mood and behavior, tingling and skin rash, tremors, numbness and pain, increased depression and anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and muscle weakness. If you experience any of these reactions after starting Singulair seek medical attention quickly.
Some less severe side effects include: feeling tired, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, fever, nausea, sore throat, suffed nose, cough, or heart burn. If these symptoms persist over long periods of time, talk to your doctor.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is a summary and does not contain all information about Singulair. This information does not replace individualized medical advice and does not ensure that this is the right product to treat you. This information is not medical advice and you should always go to your doctor for information about the medications you take as well as about your medical conditions.