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Montelukast

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

A leukotriene receptor antagonist,Montelukastis used to treat asthma, hay fever and seasonal allergy symptoms. It prevents asthma attacks and breathing problems caused by exercise. It works by blocking leukotriene which in turn decreases certain asthma and allergic symptoms.

Before usingMontelukast inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions :

  • If you are allergic to any of its ingredients or to any medicines, food and other substances.
  • If you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
  • If you are taking any dietary supplement, herbal preparation, or other prescribed medicines.
  • If you have a history of alcoholism or liver problems.
  • If you have mental problems or mood swings including depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.
  • If you are lactose intolerant.
  • If you are taking a corticosteroid and are planning to stop or lower the dose.

Possible side effects ofMontelukastinclude gastrointestinal disturbances, hypersensitivity, headaches, cough, diarrhoea, indigestion, mild sore throat, mild abdominal pain and nausea. Use alternative forms of this medicine if you are already taking idelalisib and ivacaftor. To ensure no interaction with other medicines take place, consult your doctor about the medications you are on. Seek medical help if you experience any of these severely.

Usual dosage forMontelukastis a 10mg tablet taken once daily for as long as prescribed. Dosage is individualised to patient needs.

Montelukast is used for the prevention and maintenance of asthma. This medicine also helps in relieving the symptoms of chronic asthma.
Montelukast is used for relieving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. The allergic condition could be seasonal or non-seasonal and long lasting.

Bronchospasm

Montelukast is also used for the prevention of sudden narrowing of airways, which can cause breathing difficulties. This medicine is used mostly for exercise induced bronchospasm.
This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a history of allergy to Montelukast or any other component present with it in the dosage form.
In addition to its intended effect, Montelukast may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Headache

Major Less Common

Stomach pain

Major Less Common

Chest tightness

Major Less Common

Joint pain

Major Less Common

Difficulty in swallowing

Major Less Common

Pus in urine

Major Rare

Agitation and anxiety

Moderate Less Common

Skin rash

Moderate Less Common

Heart burn

Moderate Less Common

Pain in the ears

Moderate Less Common

Blurred vision

Minor Less Common

Influenza

Moderate Rare

Infection of the airways

Moderate Less Common

Churg-Strauss syndrome

Major Rare

Suicidal thinking and behaviour

Major Less Common

How long is the duration of effect?

The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The effect of this medicine can be observed after 1-3 hours of administration.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Use of this medicine in pregnant women should be avoided unless clearly needed. Consult your doctor and discuss the possible risks and benefits before taking this medicine.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Use of this medicine should be avoided unless clearly needed. The risk of adverse effects in the infant is fairly low but caution should be exercised. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Missed Dose instructions

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. The missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose.

Overdose instructions

Contact your doctor if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms may include stomach pain, sleeplessness, vomiting, and agitation.

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United States

Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Montelukast as ingredient
SUNRISE PHARMACEUTICAL
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Veritaz Healthcare Ltd
Koye Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd
Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd
Abbott India Ltd
Msn Laboratories Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Apex Laboratories Ltd
Apex Laboratories Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Mankind Pharma Ltd
Montelukast is one chemical that causes allergic reactions in the body. This medicine selectively blocks the action of this chemical in the body.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Liver Disease

Moderate
Report the incidence of a liver disease or impaired liver function to the doctor before receiving this medicine. Clinical safety monitoring may be required if the impairment is severe. Caution is advised for patients having mild to moderate liver impairment.

Interaction with Alcohol

Ethanol

Moderate
You are advised to restrict or minimize the consumption of alcohol while using this medicine. Report any unwanted effects to the doctor on priority.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Carbamazepine

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicines to the doctor. You may require an adjusted dose and safety monitoring while taking these medicines together. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse or you experience some side effects.

Fluconazole

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicines to the doctor. You may require an adjusted dose and safety monitoring while taking these medicines together. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse or you experience some side effects like headache, fever, sore throat etc.

Phenytoin

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicines to the doctor. You may require an adjusted dose and safety monitoring while taking these medicines together. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse or you experience some side effects.

Phenobarbital

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicines to the doctor. You may require an adjusted dose and safety monitoring while taking these medicines together. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse or you experience some side effects.
What are you using Montelukast for?
Allergic Rhinitis
Asthma
Other
Bronchospasm
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within a day
Within 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Skin Rash
Headache
Agitation and anxiety
Chest tightness
Joint Pain
Difficulty in swallowing
Pus in urine
Stomach Pain
Dizziness
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

Want to know about levocetirizine and montelukast medical how it works for patient and its uses.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Want to know about levocetirizine and montelukast medical how it works for patient and its uses.
It's usually given for bronchitis type of patients which reduces the allergic inflammation in the alveoli.
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Is it safe to take antibiotics or paracetamol during pregnancy and also levocetirizine and montelukast?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DGO
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Is it safe to take antibiotics or paracetamol during pregnancy and also levocetirizine and montelukast?
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Sir I have got an IgE level of 304. And now I am using Ebstine and montelukast. Is it good to use?

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Sir I have got an IgE level of 304. And now I am using Ebstine and montelukast. Is it good to use?
It is good to use Ebastine and montelukast. Ebastine is a second-generation antihistamine which has been shown to be an effective treatment for both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.

I have a mild headache daily. I have allergy to dust. I do sneeze daily I use montelukast levo cetrizine.

MBBS, MBA (Healthcare)
General Physician, Delhi
I have a mild headache daily.
I have allergy to dust.
I do sneeze daily I use montelukast levo cetrizine.
check your BP. check your eye sight. take crocin pain relief one sos in case of severe headache.take rest and good sleep. avoid stress. inform if nor t ok.
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About Montelukast
When is Montelukast prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Montelukast ?
What are the side effects of Montelukast ?
Key highlights of Montelukast
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Montelukast approved?
Medicines containing Montelukast
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Montelukast ?