zafirlukast, Accolate

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GENERIC NAME: zafirlukast

BRAND NAME: Accolate



PRESCRIBED FOR: Zafirlukast is used for the treatment of chronic asthma. It also is effective in preventing exercise-induced asthma and in relieving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. For the treatment of asthma, zafirlukast starts working only after 3 to 14 days of therapy. Therefore, it should not be used for treating an acute asthmatic attack because immediate relief is needed.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of zafirlukast are:

Other side effects include:

  • fever,
  •  liver failure, and
  • back pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/22/2016

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