The below information on Singulair has been taken from official FDA sources, but we cannot guarantee it's accuracy. Please use this site for educational purposes only. This site does not replace a proper discussion with your doctor.
|This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:|
|This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:|
Merck & Co., Inc.
|This drug is available in the following forms:|
Tablets and Chewable Tablets
|View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:|
Singulair is taken to prevent and treat asthma. The oral tablets are for asthma patients age 15 years and older, and the chewable tablets are for pediatric patients 2 years of age and older. Do not take Singulair to relieve an asthma attack. It is not a replacement for the quick help that short acting inhalers provide during an asthma attack. It is very important that you continue taking your other asthma medicines unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Precautions for Singulair
- It is very important that you continue to take your other asthma medicines unless your doctor tells you to stop.
- If your asthma is made worse by aspirin, you should continue to avoid aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Phenylketonuric patients should be aware that the chewable tablet for Singulair contains phenylalanine (a part of aspartame).
Side Effects of Singulair
- Feeling tired
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach
- Intestinal upset
Reports of patients’ experiences after Singulair became available include:
- Allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat, (which may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing), hives, and itching. Stop taking Singulair and call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
- A rare condition, that includes a combination of certain symptoms which do not go away or get worse, including a flu-like illness, rash, pins and needles or numbness of arms or legs, and severe inflammation of the sinuses. These have usually occurred, but not always, in people whose oral steroid medicines for asthma were being gradually lowered or stopped. Although Singulair has not been shown to cause this condition, you must tell your doctor right away if you get one or more of these symptoms.
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