Compare Singulair vs. Flovent

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Singulair (Montelukast)

Prescription only
Prevents breathing problems.

Singulair (Montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as steroid inhalers for asthma. It also helps with allergies.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
Prevents breathing problems.

Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 483 reviewsforFlovent
Upsides
  • Prevents symptoms and improves lung function in children and adults with chronic asthma.
  • A single 10 mg dose improves exercise-induced asthma symptoms for up to 24 hours.
  • Fewer side effects compared to other asthma treatments.
  • Also relieves nasal allergy symptoms.
  • Effective pill alternative to corticosteroid inhalers.
  • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
  • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
  • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
  • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
Downsides
  • You have to use Montelukast every day to control your symptoms.
  • Somewhat less effective than corticosteroid inhalers for asthma.
  • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
  • Can cause behavior changes, agitation, aggression, and difficulty sleeping for some people.
  • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
  • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
557 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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483 
68%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
8%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Influenza
    4%
  • Pain, abdominal
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Asthenia/fatigue
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Dyspepsia
    2%
  • Pain, dental
    2%
  • Gastroenteritis, infectious
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    20%
  • Throat irritation
    13%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection
    9%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    8%
  • Fever
    7%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation
    5%
  • Rhinitis
    4%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain
    4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection
    4%
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Risks and warnings
  • Sudden onset of asthma

    Exercise-induced asthma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Blood disorder (eosinophilia)

    Recent treatment with corticosteroid medication

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Brain damage from too much phenylalanine

    History of phenylketonuria (PKU)

  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease including hepatitis

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)

    Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reaction

    Severe milk protein allergy

  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection

    Bacterial or viral infection not being treated

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Reduced growth rate in children

    Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Mouth and throat infection

    Not rinsing mouth after use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Eye problems

    History of high internal eye pressure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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