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Manufactured by Merck & Co, Singular is a leukotriene receptor antagonist that is prescribed to manage and control asthma and to prevent further asthma attacks. This drug is also prescribed to prevent bronchospasm induced by exercise and to treat seasonal allergies. Individuals using this drug should remember that this drug does not treat asthma attacks that have already begun. Patients are advised to take Singulair on regularly, even when there is no sign and symptoms of asthma. The intake of the drug should only be stopped after the doctor’s recommendation. Singulair is not known to show immediate effect on the patients and the effect of the drug can only be noticed after few weeks. Singulair has been approved by most of the drug regulatory authorities and is available in majority of the countries.
Follow important usage instructions given by doctors for getting the desired benefit of medication. Some of those instructions are:
Factors like age of patient, medical condition, and medical history are considered before recommending the dosage to patients.
The recommended dosage of Singulair for asthma is:
For exercise induced Bronchoconstriction, the recommended dosage is:
For allergies, the recommended dosage is:
If a patient misses the schedule dosage of Singulair then the patient can take it upon remembering. If time to take next dosage has arrived, one should skip the missed dosage and resume with normal dosing schedule. Do not take more than one dose in a day to compensate with missed dosage.
In case of over dosage, seek medical attention immediately or call at Poison help line number.
Store the drug at room temperature between 25 and 30 degree Celsius. Keep the drug away from reach of children and pets. Avoid exposure to heat, light and moisture.
It is prudent to be aware of important warnings and precautions which are associated with Singulair. If a patient is afflicted with other medical conditions, then the patient is advised to discuss this with their doctor to make sure that they are not contraindicated for Singulair therapy. The following conditions may be a contraindication for starting Singulair therapy:
Like any other drug, some side-effects are also associated with Montelukast. Some of the common side-effects are:
When a patient experiences serious side-effects, it is important to report them to a doctor. Some of the serious side-effects are:
Some drugs may interact with Montelukast. Thus, patients are advised to disclose all medications they are taking with their physician. If they are taking following medications, they should consult with doctor before starting this medication: