What Are the Side Effects of Singulair?

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I have shown allergic tendencies to certain stimuli and also, certain seasons don’t agree with me. As a result, I have been diagnosed with allergic asthma that, too of the seasonal type but last night when I went to the hospital for my annual physical, the doctor surprised me by saying that my asthma was not seasonal. He put me on Singulair as well as inhalers. I wonder if this is really necessary because I rarely have any asthma attacks. All I have are some shortness of breath and some tightness in my chest.
I want to know more about Singulair; is anyone else out there on this drug so that they can give me some valuable advice? What are the side effects associated with this drug? I’m truly scared to go on this medication. Please understand and send me your valuable suggestions.
asked Jan 27, 2011 by anonymous

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Singulair's generic name is montelukast. It is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children as young as 12 months old. It is also used to treat symptoms of year-round (perennial) allergies in adults and children who are at least 6 months old and symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

-skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
-mood or behavior changes, anxiety, depression, or thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself;
-tremors or shaking;
-easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
-severe sinus pain, swelling, or irritation;
-worsening asthma symptoms; or
-severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects of montelukast may include:

-headache;
-stomach pain, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea;
-tooth pain;
-tired feeling;
-fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, hoarseness; or
-mild rash.


http://www.drugs.com/sfx/singulair-side-effects.html
answered Apr 14, 2013 by lois Diamond Guide (1,245 points)

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