Compare Cinqair vs. Singulair

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

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Cinqair (reslizumab)

Prescription only

Singulair (montelukast)

Prescription only
Treats severe asthma.

Cinqair (reslizumab) works well to prevent severe asthma attacks and improves your breathing when other asthma medicines haven't worked for you, but it may be expensive.

Makes it easier to breathe.

Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as some inhaled medications for asthma and allergies.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
Upsides
  • You'll need to go in for your Cinqair (reslizumab) infusion only once every 4 weeks.
  • Cinqair (reslizumab) can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and significantly raise lung capacity making it easier to breathe.
  • Unlike other similar medicines, Cinqair (reslizumab) doesn't increase your risk of urinary tract infections or cause headaches.
  • Although not a first-line treatment, Singulair (montelukast) can effectively help children and adults with their asthma and allergies.
  • You only need to take it once a day.
  • Available as chewable tablets or granules that you can mix with food.
  • Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects than inhaled medications.
Downsides
  • You'll need to be okay getting an infusion that takes up to 50 minutes to get the full dose.
  • Cinqair (reslizumab) can make you more vulnerable to getting certain types of infections.
  • Unlike other alternatives for asthma, this drug can sometimes cause a severe life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • Even as a generic, Singulair (montelukast) is still expensive.
  • May not be a good choice if you have a history of mental conditions.
  • Singulair (montelukast) can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
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Reviews
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557 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Cinqair (reslizumab) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
13possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Flu
    4%
  • Stomach pain
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Dental pain
    2%
  • Stomach infection
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Life-threatening allergic reaction
  • Sudden breathing problems (asthma attacks)
  • Abnormal tissue growth
  • Using corticosteroids
  • Parasitic infections
    • Helminth infections
  • Eosinophillic conditions
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  • Asthma attacks
    • Exercise-induced asthma
    • Other environmental triggers
  • Aggression and agitation
  • Blood disorder
    • Recent treatment with corticosteroid medicine
    • Lowering dose of corticosteroid medicine
  • Phenylketonuria
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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