Compare Singulair vs. Breo Ellipta

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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
Provides long-term control of symptoms related to asthma or COPD.

DRUG NAME combines two effective medicines for treatment of asthma or COPD into one easy to use daily inhaler, but doesn't work fast enough to relieve sudden breathing problems.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Provides long-term control of symptoms unlike rescue inhalers.
  • Some may find this type of dry powder inhaler easier to use than a metered dose inhaler.
  • Combines two effective medications into one easy to use daily inhaler.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol) contains an ingredient, which may cause yeast to grow in your mouth and throat.
  • Not appropriate for those allergic to milk since it contains milk protein.
  • Other types of combination inhaler for COPD may work better to reduce the frequency of COPD attacks.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
557 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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5possible side effects
  • Nose and throat inflammation
    10%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Yeast infection in the mouth and throat (thrush)
    2%
  • Mouth and throat pain
    2%
  • Hoarse voice
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Asthma-related death
    • Children age 18 years or younger
  • Sudden breathing problems or worsening signs of COPD
  • Yeast infection of the mouth and throat
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol)
  • Heart effects
    • Preexisting heart conditions
    • Arrhythmia
    • High blood pressure
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
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