The medicine is used in mild to moderate asthma to decrease the symptoms and the number of acute asthma attacks. However, couldn''t be used to relieve an asthma attack that has already started. The asthma treatment drugs can also be used to treat the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) allergies including sneezing, runny nose, itching and wheezing. It is available only on a doctor''s prescription.
How to Use Available in forms of tablets, chewable tablets and oral granules for oral consumption. For patients taking the oral granule form of this medicine can take this medicine on a full or empty stomach. Packets of oral granules can either be swallowed whole or mixed with a spoonful of soft foods such as applesauce, carrots, rice or ice cream. The oral granules should not be chewed.
Side Effects Some side effects are possible as with montelukast as with any other kind of medicine. Consult your doctor, if following symptoms continually occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain
Weakness or unusual tiredness
Precautions Before taking montelukast :
Inform your doctor about any allergies you are having for any food or drugs.
Inform your doctor, if you are pregnant or planning the pregnancy.
Consult with your doctor, if you are a mother and wish to breast feed.
Inform your doctor about any other medicines you may be taking at the same time
OverDose If you have taken the overdose of medicine, immediately consult your doctor or emergency services.
Missed Dose If you missed a dose of montelukast, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is the time for next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take the double dose to compensate the missed one.
Storage Keep this medication tightly closed in the container it came in and out of reach of children. The medicine must be properly stored at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication, which is outdated or no longer required. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.