Singulair

(montelukast)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
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Makes it easier to breathe.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Singulair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (montelukast)

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.
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People’s experience with Singulair

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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.
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How it works

Singulair (montelukast) is a leukotriene blocker. It stops leukotrienes, chemical messengers in the immune system, from causing inflammation in your lungs and nose, preventing asthma and allergies.

Quick facts about Singulair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (montelukast)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
People’s experience with Singulair

557reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Singulair (montelukast) for Year-round allergies

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  • Possible side effects
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Airway infection above the lungs
  • Headache due to congestion
  • Cough
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Side effect rates for Singulair (montelukast)

From 3135 clinical trials of Singulair when taken for asthma (10 mg/day)
  • Headache
    18%18%
    18%18%
  • Flu
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Stomach pain
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Cough
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Lack of energy
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fever
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Upset stomach
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dental pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Stomach infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Rash
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Singulair.

Singulair (montelukast)
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People taking Singulair felt side effect more

People taking Singulair felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Singulair (montelukast)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Exercise-induced asthma
    • Other environmental triggers

    Singulair (montelukast) is not meant to treat an asthma attack. You should have a fast-acting (rescue) inhaler with you, especially if you often get short of breath during exercise. Talk to your doctor if your asthma symptoms don't improve or seem to worsen while taking Singulair (montelukast).

Common concerns from people taking Singulair (montelukast)

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Price
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Singulairon 2/22/2017Have been taking this for years for allergies. Only downside for me is the price, even with insurance.
    21
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Year-round allergies
Food
  • Available as chewable tablets or granules that you can mix with food.
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Reviewed Montelukaston 10/10/2017BEWARE- caused severe stomach pains, mood swings, nausea, flu like symptoms
    28
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Year-round allergies