Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. This drug is used worldwide under different brand names for the treatment of various seasonal allergies and especially for relieving the symptoms of Asthma. The symptoms like bronchospasm, seasonal rhinitis (also known as hay fever) and Urticaria. “Mont” in Montelukast stands for the place Montreal, where Merck developed the drug. The drug Montelukast is used for seasonal and perennial (occurs all year round) allergic rhinitis (a condition associated with sneezing and stuffy, runny or itchy nose.
Understanding the drug:
How it works?
Montelukast works by blocking a group of substances called Leukotrienes that causes the narrowing and swelling of the air passages. By blocking the Leukotriene from attaching to its receptors, Montelukast helps to improve the symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis also.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Are breastfeeding or planning to breast feed
Are below the age of 2 years
Have liver disease
Are having a condition called Phenylketonuria (especially a child)
Have kidney problems
Have severe bladder infection
Have bleeding or blood clotting disorders
Have stomach ulcers or ulcerative colitis
How much to take?
Always take the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor only. Never change the dosage, start, or stop using the drug without doctor’s permission. Dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Always complete the dose.
What are the strengths available?
This drug Montelukast is available on our website in the following strengths and brand names:
Montair chewable tablets 4 mg
Montair chewable tablets 4 mg
Montair LC kid (4+2.5 mg)
Montair plus 10+10mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Montair products are manufactured by Cipla, a pharmaceutical giant and available on our websites in the pack of 30 tablets.
How to take it?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. Do not break the tablet. Take the drug exactly as directed. This drug should be combined with well balanced calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Chewable tablets are very easy to take. They can be simple chewed by teeth and there is no need of water to swallow.
When to take?
Take the tablet at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the tablet until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the drug as long as the doctor prescribes you to do. Do not stop taking the medicine without the doctor’s advice.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may require urgent medical help in this situation. In such a case visit nearest healthcare center or call your doctor immediately.
What if you miss the dose?
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period if it’s too late but if it’s less than 12 hours of the forgotten dose then go and take it. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Feeling unusually weak or tired
Headache, dizziness, drowsiness
Upper respiratory tract infection
In above cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Certain other drugs can interact with Montelukast and increase the risk of serious muscle problems. So it is necessary to consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
St john’s Wort
Antidepressant such as Rifampin, Rifabutin, Rifapentine
Antibiotic such as Clarithromycin, Erythromycin or others
Antifungal medication such as Itraconazole
High blood pressure drugs
Prostate disorder drugs
HIV/AIDS medications like Atazanavir, Darunavir, Ritonavir, or others
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects.
What are the things to be taken care of?
Patients with aspirin sensitivity should continue to avoid aspirin or avoid NSAIDs while taking Montelukast
One should not exceed the dose prescribed by doctor
Do not give this medicine to anyone else
This medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery
Do not give this drug to a child or adolescent under 18 years old
This drug may cause dizziness or blurred vision
Don’t exceed the recommended dose
Avoid a high fat diet
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