GENERIC NAME: zafirlukast
BRAND NAME: Accolate
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
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:
- abdominal pain,
- sore throat,
- respiratory infections, and
Other side effects include:
- liver failure, and
- back pain.
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