zafirlukast, Accolate

  • Medical Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Asthma Attack Treatment

GENERIC NAME: zafirlukast

BRAND NAME: Accolate

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: 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:

Other side effects include:

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

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