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What are the side effects for Singulair?

May 2014
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Side effects for Singulair? I have restricted lung capacity due to scar issue from extensive hiatal hernia , amd repair , scars from severe G E R D induced asthma
Posted Wed, 30 Oct 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 46 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Directions for intake and side effects.

Detailed Answer:
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Take Singulair (montelukast) by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. I

Take this medication at the same time each day. If you are taking this medication for asthma or for both asthma and allergies, take your dose in the evening. If you are taking montelukast to prevent only allergies, take your dose either in the morning or the evening.

If you are taking this medication to prevent breathing problems during exercise, take your dose at least 2 hours before exercise. Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours. Do not take a dose before exercise if you are already taking this medication daily for asthma or allergies. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects.

Do not increase or decrease your dose or stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Continue to use this medication regularly to keep your asthma under control, even during sudden asthma attacks or periods when you have no asthma symptoms. Continue to also take other medications for asthma as directed by your doctor. This medication works over time and is not meant to relieve sudden attacks of asthma. Therefore, if an asthma attack or other breathing problem occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler as prescribed. You should always have a quick-relief inhaler with you.

Side effects:

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as agitation, aggression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, abnormal dreams, sleep-walking, memory/attention problems, depression, hallucinations, thoughts of harming yourself/suicide), numbness/tingling/shooting pain in the arms or legs, muscle weakness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Hope your query is answered.
Do write back in case of doubts.

Dr. Vivek
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