What is Montelukast Sodium?
Montelukast sodium also sold under the name Singulair and Montair among other brands, is a leukotriene inhibitor. These are chemicals produced by your body when you inhale an allergen like pollen. The chemicals thus released lead to swelling in your lungs and muscles contraction around your airways, which can give you symptoms of asthma.
Montelukast sodium is used to alleviate perennial (year round) allergies in adults and children who are at least 6 months old and also used to alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
This medication is also used to avert asthma attacks in adults and children as young as a year old and also used to prevent exercise related bronchospasm in adults and children who are at least or above 6 years old. It is also used to prevent exercise-related bronchoconstriction (narrowing of air ways in lungs) in people who are at least 15 years old.
There may be other conditions as well for which this medication may be given.
Important Information about Montelukast Sodium
This medication will not be effective enough if an asthma attack has already started. In this case, youâ€™ll need a fast-acting inhalation medicine. Talk to your doctor about this.
This medicine will take up to several weeks before any of your allergic symptoms improve so keep using this medication as prescribed and let your doctor know if the symptoms are not going away. Also call you doctor right away if this medication worsens your condition or leads to any mood or behavior changes, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Do not give this medication to children without doctorâ€™s directions. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place away from heat, moisture, light, children and pets.
Before taking Montelukast Sodium
Donâ€™t take this medication if you are allergic to montelukast. Let your doctor know about your montelukast allergies beforehand as well as your entire medical history and present medications.
The chewable tablet form of this medication may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before taking this form if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
Montelukast sodium is not expected to be detrimental if you are pregnant. Even then, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it can harm a nursing baby. Again, consult your doctor for 100% safety.
How should I take Montelukast Sodium?
Take Montelukast sodium medication exactly as directly by your doctor. Donâ€™t alter the dose by any amount smaller or larger than the prescribed dosage.
This medication is normally taken once daily in the evening for prevention of allergy and asthma symptoms. For exercise related bronchoconstriction, take a single dose at least 2 hours prior to your exercise time and donâ€™t have another dose for at least 24 hours. Again, your doctorâ€™s advice is final.
If you are already using montelukast sodium for allergy and asthma, do not use it for exercised related bronchoconstriction.
Take a tablet orally with a glass of water. You must chew the chewable tablet completely before swallowing.
What if I miss a dose?
Donâ€™t ever miss a dose of this or any medication. But if you do miss a dose, take it as soon as your remember it. Forget about the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is near. Donâ€™t take double dose.
What if I Overdose?
Donâ€™t overdose on this or any medication. Overdosing on Montelukast sodium can lead to symptoms like thirst, giddiness, inability to keep still, vomiting or severe stomach pain. Seek urgent medical help in case of serious overdose symptoms.
What to avoid while taking Motelukast Sodium?
Follow your doctorâ€™s advice strictly about any diet or activity restrictions while taking loratadine.
Montelukast Sodium Side Effects
Call your doctor immediately and seek urgent medical help if you see these serious side effects or allergic reactions to Montelukast sodium: hives; breathing difficulty; swelling on your face, lips, tongue, or throat; rashes on skin; tingling; numbness; muscle pain or weakness; mood or behavior changes; anxiety; depression or suicidal thoughts; tremors; easy bruising; bleeding in nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum; purple or red spots on your skin; severe sinus pain, swelling or irritation; or deteriorating asthma symptoms.
Some less serious side effects of this medication are headache; tooth pain; lethargy; light rash; fever; sore throat; cough; stomach pain; upset stomach; diarrhea; or nausea.
The above list of side effects is non exhaustive and you may experience other effects. Seek immediate medical help in case of serious side effects.
Interaction with other Drugs
Montelukast sodium can interact with these drugs: Phenobarbital like Luminal or Solfoton; Rifampin like Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, or Rimactane. Let your doctor know if you use these drugs or any other drugs â€“ prescribed or OTC and herbal products. The list is not complete and there may be other interactions. Also share your entire medical history with your doctor for an effective diagnosis and avoiding any drug interactions.
|US Brand Name||Singulair|
|Generic Name||Montelukast Sodium|