- Montelukast Sodium
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Montelukast Sodium 5mg
Brand Name: Singulair®
Prevention and long-term treatment of asthma. It is also used in certain patients to relieve allergy symptoms (eg, itchy, runny, or stuffy nose; sneezing) and to prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. It works by blocking a substance called leukotriene, which helps to decrease certain asthma and allergy symptoms.
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Other Known Brand Names for Singulair
- Breathezy (MSN Laboratories Ltd.)
- Glemont (Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Lasma (Apex Laboratories Limited)
- Monlevo Junior (Franco Indian Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
- Montair (Cipla Limited)
- Montecip (Cipla Limited)
- Monteez DT (Micro Labs Ltd.)
- Montek (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.)
- Montelukast (GB) (UK Generic mft.)
- Montemac (Macleods Pharma Ltd.)
- Montest (Delvin Formulations Pvt. Ltd.)
- Monti (Abbott Piramal India Ltd.)
- Odimont (German Remedies Limited)
- Rid AR (Cipla Limited)
- Romilast (Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.)
- Singulair (Merck Frosst)
- Telkast L (Lupin Limited)
Take Montelukast exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Montelukast is usually taken once daily in the evening for prevention of asthma or allergy symptoms. For exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, take a single dose at least 2 hours before you exercise, and do not take another dose for at least 24 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.
If you already take Montelukast to prevent asthma or allergy symptoms, do not use it for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.
Swallow the regular tablet whole, with a glass of water.
The chewable tablet must be chewed completely before you swallow it.
The oral granules can be placed directly into the mouth and swallowed, or mixed with a spoonful of applesauce, mashed carrots, rice, or ice cream. Oral granules can also be mixed with 1 teaspoon of baby formula or breast milk. Do not use any other type of liquid for mixing the granules. Other liquids can be taken before or after taking the medicine.
After opening or mixing the oral granules, you must use them within 15 minutes. Do not save an open packet or mixed medicine for later use.
Montelukast will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine to treat an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks.
It may take up to several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using Montelukast as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after several weeks of treatment.
Asthma is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice, even if you have no asthma symptoms.
If you also take a steroid asthma medicine, do not stop using it suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Call your doctor right away if you feel that this medicine is not working as well as usual, or if it makes your condition worse. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.
Store Montelukast at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not open a packet of oral granules until you are ready to use the medicine.
Montelukast should be taken once daily in the evening. The following doses are recommended:
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients less than 12 months of age with asthma have not been established.
There have been no clinical trials in patients with asthma to evaluate the relative efficacy of morning versus evening dosing. The pharmacokinetics of montelukast are similar whether dosed in the morning or evening. Efficacy has been demonstrated for asthma when montelukast was administered in the evening without regard to time of food ingestion.
Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB)
For prevention of EIB, a single dose of Montelukast should be taken at least 2 hours before exercise. The following doses are recommended:
An additional dose of Montelukast should not be taken within 24 hours of a previous dose. Patients already taking Montelukast daily for another indication (including chronic asthma) should not take an additional dose to prevent EIB. All patients should have available for rescue a short-acting Î²-agonist. Safety and efficacy in patients younger than 6 years of age have not been established. Daily administration of Montelukast for the chronic treatment of asthma has not been established to prevent acute episodes of EIB.
For allergic rhinitis, montelukast should be taken once daily. Efficacy was demonstrated for seasonal allergic rhinitis when montelukast was administered in the morning or the evening without regard to time of food ingestion. The time of administration may be individualized to suit patient needs.
The following doses for the treatment of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis are recommended:
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients younger than 2 years of age with seasonal allergic rhinitis have not been established.
The following doses for the treatment of symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis are recommended:
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients younger than 6 months of age with perennial allergic rhinitis have not been established.
Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis
Patients with both asthma and allergic rhinitis should take only one Montelukast dose daily in the evening.
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