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What Is Montelukast?

Montelukast is used to prevent asthma attacks, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, and seasonal allergies in both adults and children. It helps prevent wheezing and shortness of breath brought on by asthma. Montelukast belongs to the drug class of leukotriene modifiers that block natural substances called leukotrienes that worsen or trigger asthma and allergies. This medicine allows you to breathe easier by reducing the swelling around your airways.

What Are The Uses Of Montelukast?

Montelukast is used in the prevention of asthma attacks. It works by preventing your wheezing episodes and shortness of breath due to asthma. Montelukast reduces the number of asthma attacks you may suffer. It also prevents breathing trouble caused during exercise due to bronchospasms. Once you start using Montelukast, your need for using your rescue inhaler reduces. Your symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis can also be relieved using Montelukast.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Montelukast?

  1. Common side effects of Montelukast are –
  • Fever.
  • Flu-like symptoms.
  • Ear-ache.
  • Feeling of fullness in ears.
  • Trouble while hearing.
  • Headache.
  • Stomach-ache.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Symptoms of cold – runny nose, blocked nose, sinusitis, cough, throat irritation.
  1. Serious side effects of Montelukast include –
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Confusion.
  • Difficulty paying attention or forgetfulness, memory loss.
  • Agitation.
  • Aggression.
  • Feeling irritable or restless.
  • Suicidal tendencies and thoughts.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Vivid dreams.
  • Walking or talking during sleep.
  • Tremors, stuttering.
  • Uncontrolled movements.
  • Compulsive or repetitive behaviour.

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, consult your physician immediately.

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FAQ's

1. Why Take Montelukast At Night?

Montelukast works by preventing narrowing of your airways brought on by inflammation. Taking Montelukast helps in breathing easily and preventing asthma attacks. It is essential that you take Montelukast at night to avoid asthma attacks.

2. Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Montelukast?

Yes, if you are taking Montelukast, you can drink alcohol. There are no food or drink restrictions associated with Montelukast. However, it is best to avoid cold drinks when you have asthma or allergy issues.

3. Is Montelukast A Decongestant?

No, Montelukast is not a decongestant. It belongs to the group of drugs called leukotriene receptor antagonists. This medicine works by blocking natural substances called leukotrienes.

4. Is Montelukast Safe?

Montelukast is an FDA-approved medicine for allergies and asthma. It is prescribed in adults and children to prevent asthma attacks and exercise-induced asthma.

5. How Long Can Montelukast Be Taken?

Montelukast is generally prescribed for an extended period. This medicine is meant to be taken as a long-term treatment. Take the dose of Montelukast as prescribed by your physician. You can consult our expert to get a medical opinion before changing your dosage of Montelukast.

6. How Montelukast Works?

Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. It works by blocking the action of leukotrienes, which are natural substances present in bodies. These substances are released on coming in contact with an allergy trigger or an allergen.

7. Does Taking Montelukast Help Improve My Asthma?

Yes, Montelukast helps prevent asthma attacks. This medicine prevents the narrowing of airways and helps ease breathing. Do not stop taking this medicine even when you feel better. You can consult our expert to get a medical opinion before changing your dosage of Montelukast.

8. Is Montelukast A Steroid?

No, Montelukast is not a steroid. It belongs to the group of drugs called leukotriene receptor antagonists. This medicine prevents the action of natural substances known as leukotrienes.

9. Does Montelukast Make You Sleepy?

Montelukast can cause psychiatric-type effects that include aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, and abnormal dreams. This medicine can also cause drowsiness and dizziness and affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.

10. Is Montelukast An Antihistamine?

No, Montelukast is not an antihistamine. It belongs to the group of drugs called leukotriene receptor antagonists. Montelukast blocks the action of natural substances known as leukotrienes in your body.

If you are suffering from constant allergies or have severe urticaria or breathing issues due to asthma, you may require this medicine. Consult our in-house medical expert and understand the need for Montelukast for your breathing ailments.

 

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