Singulair - What is It?
Singulair, active ingredient montelukast sodium, is a medication that is available by prescription only. It is used for the treatment of conditions that include exercise induced asthma and asthma, as well as an stuffy, runny, itchy and irritated nose as might occur with allergies.
Who Manufactures Singulair?
Merck & Co. is the maker of Singulair.
How It Works
Singulair belongs to the class of medications known as leukotriene modifiers.
Leukotrienes are made by the body when allergens and other issues occur. The lungs can swell up and the airways can become constricted and inflamed and the nose can experience symptoms when leukotienes are released.
This medication blocks the receptors for leukotriene, which can prevent them from causing symptoms of allergies and asthma.
Potential Side Effects Of Singulair Medication
As is the case with all medications, it is possible to experience side effects. Not everyone that takes this medicine will notice side effects, as it is generally well tolerated. If you do notice side effects they are most often minor and will require little or no medical attention. Other, more serious side effects are less commonly reported.
Commonly reported side effects might include: abdominal pain, the flu and headaches.
What if I Forget a Dose?
Singulair should be taken on a schedule. In the event that one dosage is missed, it should be taken when the patient remembers. However, if it's almost time for the following dose, the missed dose should be completely skipped so the patient can get back on the prescribed schedule. It is important to never double the dose of this medication.
At this time, there is no generic form of Singulair that has been approved for sale.