Generic Singulair - Montelukast
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CLASS and MECHANISM of Action
Generic "Singulair" is a leukotriene (loo-koe-try-een) inhibitor. Leukotrienes are substances in the body that are associated with the inflammation and constriction of airway muscles and the accumulation of fluid in the lungs, all of which occur during an asthma attack.
As Generic "Singulair" belongs to a group of medicines called leukotriene receptor antagonists, it works by blocking substances in your lungs called leukotrienes that cause narrowing and swelling of airways. Blocking leukotrienes improves asthma symptoms and helps prevent asthma attacks.
Active Ingredients: montelukast sodium.
Inactive Ingredients: hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose, cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, and magnesium stearate.
What is Generic "Singulair" PRESCRIBED For?
Generic "Singulair" is used to prevent asthma symptoms, including those that occur during the day and at night-time. It also prevents the narrowing of airways triggered by exercise. It can be used in children 2 years of age and older, teenagers and adults.
Generic "Singulair" tablets are not used to treat an acute attack of asthma. If an acute attack occurs, follow your doctor's instructions for your reliever medicine, and keep taking your Generic "Singulair" each night or as prescribed.
As a preventive medicine, Generic "Singulair" can be used alone or in combination with other preventive medicines.
How Should I Take Generic "Singulair"?
Take Generic "Singulair" exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Generic "Singulair" is usually taken in the evening. Follow your doctor's instructions. Swallow the regular tablets with a glass of water. Chew the chewable tablets thoroughly before swallowing. The granules can be given either directly into the mouth or mixed with a spoonful of cold or room temperature applesauce, mashed carrots, rice, or ice cream. The packet should not be opened until ready to use. After opening the packet, the full dose must be administered within 15 minutes. Never store any mixed or unmixed granules for use after 15 minutes. The granules are not intended to be dissolved in liquid however, liquids may be taken after administration of the medication.
Generic "Singulair" can be taken with or without food.
Do not stop taking Generic "Singulair" without first talking to your doctor. It may be some time before you begin to notice effects from this medication. Continue taking any other asthma medications, as directed by your doctor. Generic "Singulair" will not stop an asthma attack that has already begun. Keep another medication on hand to treat attacks. Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
Store Generic "Singulair" at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What are the CONTRAINDICATIONS for taking Generic "Singulair"?
Do not take Generic "Singulair" if:
If you take this medicine after the expire date has passed, it may not work. If you are not sure whether you should start taking Generic "Singulair", talk to your doctor. Do not give Generic "Singulair" to children under 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 2 years of age have not been studied.
- you have an allergy to Generic "Singulair" or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
- the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
- the expiry date on the pack has passed.
What Happens if I MISS A DOSE?
Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise. If you miss a dose take it as soon as possible but if it's high time for the next dose just skip the missed one and continue your usual schedule.
What Happens if I OVERDOSE?
If overdose with Generic "Singulair" is suspected, contact your local emergency immediately in order to get first medical aid. If an overdose occurred you may face the following symptoms : dilated pupils, thirst, increased muscle movements, drowsiness, or severe stomach pain.
What are the possible SIDE EFFECTS of Generic "Singulair"?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Generic "Singulair". Generic "Singulair" helps most people with asthma, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These are usually mild side effects of Generic "Singulair". Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following: skin rash or itchiness; increased tendency to bleed, bruising; fast or irregular heart beats, also called palpitations;symptoms of liver disease such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, feeling generally unwell, fever, itching, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and dark coloured urine These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
- stomach pain
- nausea, vomiting
- dream abnormalities, difficulty sleeping
- irritability, restlessness and agitation, including aggressive behavior
- seeing, feeling or hearing things that are not there (also called hallucinations)
- muscle aches or cramps, joint pain
- fluid retention
- decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin
- pins and needles
Serious side effects are rare.
What other drugs can INTERACT with Generic "Singulair"?
If Generic "Singulair" is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic "Singulair" with the following:
- Rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane)
Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, obtain necessary refills before your supply runs out.