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Posted on Tue, 25 Jul 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: IS TeleKast- L a Steroid? Is it bad to have throughout life 1 tablet per day.The medicine was given for avoiding Asthma attack and to have nice sleep.




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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No it is not steroid.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
No, Telekast L is not a steroid.
It is combination of antihistamine (levocetrizine) and anti allergic (montelukast).
For long term use, it is better to take plain montelukast instead of combination.
Plain montelukast can be taken for long term use without any side effects
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 31 hours later
Did you mean that-antihistamine can effect in case of long term use?What effect can be there?
Is the name of your suggested long term use-medicine-is Montelukast.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes, plain montelukast can be taken for long time.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, plain montelukast can be taken for long time.
Montelukast is anti allergic drug. It is for the prevention of allergy. Levocetrizine is antihistamine. It is for symptomatic relief only. So no need for levocetrizine once symptoms are gone.
And this is the reason why levocetrizine is stopped after 1-2 months and plain montelukast is continued.
Long term use of levocetrizine can cause dryness of mouth, constipation, sedation, dependence etc.
So better to take plain montelukast for long term use.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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