montelukast, Singulair (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Montelukast is used for the treatment of asthma, seasonal allergic rhinitis, and prevention of exercise induced bronchospasm (narrowing of airways). Montelukast begins working after 3 to 14 days of therapy; It should not be used for the treatment of an acute asthmatic attack.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects with montelukast are:

Other important side effects include:

Elevated liver enzymes, suicidal behavior, fluid retention, depression, and hallucinations have also been reported.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 10 mg. Chewable tablets: 4 and 5 mg.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended dose of montelukast in adults is 10 mg daily for treating asthma and allergic rhinitis and 10 mg two hours before exercising for prevention of exercise induced bronchospasm. Montelukast should be taken in the evening with or without food when used for asthma or allergic rhinitis. The 4 and 5 mg tablets are used in children.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/12/2015

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