Singulair (Montelukast)

Singulair is a prescription medicine approved for control of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever).  It can safely be used by adults and children as young as 2 years old for treatment of outdoor allergies, and for children as young as 6 months old for treatment of indoor allergies.  It blocks leukotrienes in the body that cause inflammation in asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis.  It is not a steroid and is generally well tolerated according to clinical studies.  It comes in 10 mg tablets, 4 mg and 5 mg chewable cherry flavored tablets, or pediatric granules. 
Therapy is one dosage per day for 3 to 14 days.  Since the dosage should be continuous, it cannot be used for an acute asthma attack.

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Kelly Cox:

I used this for about a year, and it did seem to ward of my asthma attacks. However, it also increased my blood pressure (and I am fit and active) so I had to be on blood pressure medicine to balance it out. After a year I felt it wasn’t worth the extra medications.

August 2nd, 2007 | 11:33 am
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