Singulair for asthma, also known as (monteleukast) belongs to a class of medications called leukotriene modifiers. It is a medication that is used to treat asthma and allergies.
This medication can be used in combination with inhaler steroid (preventers) to help keep symptoms under control.
If a steroid inhaler is not effective for the patient, then singular is used in addition to help control asthma symptoms as a backup.
Singulair for asthma can be used on its own, given how bad the patient symptoms are.
This decision will be made by your doctor.
Singulair is a long term controlled medication and as such, it is mainly prescribed to people, who have mild asthma symptoms.
It should be taken every day according to your doctor’s daily doses. It takes a couple weeks to feel any kind of relief.
It is not used as an emergency treatment for asthma attacks.
How does it work?
Singular blocks a chemical, which the body releases, called leukotriene. This chemical causes fatty molecules of the immune system that contribute to inflammation in asthma and allergic rhinitis.
This chemical is what causes wheezing, running nose, tightness of chest, congestion, coughing etc.
From what age am I allowed to take the medication? Children, as young as two years of age, can use the medication, but if your child is a bit younger than two, then it would be best to consult your doctor before you take any actions. Other than that, the age range is from 2 to 65+.
It is easy for children to take the treatment, because singulair comes in three different forms. One of which is a powder form that can be taken with foods, such as apple sauce, cereal, yogurt etc. The other two forms are small pills and chewable pills.
What does it help with?
It help prevents:
So are there any side effects?
General side effects of singular asthma may be:
The main side effect most people complain about is a headache, AFTER they stop using the medication.
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