Montelukast is an oral leukotriene receptor antagonist that is used to manage symptoms of asthma and seasonal and or allergic rhinitis, its brand name as Singulair. It is also used as a preventive intervention for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction that may occur during or after exercises leading to narrowing of airways that causes shortness of breath, wheezing, or cough.
Leukotriene receptor antagonists reduce inflammation and nasal congestion or related symptoms. They bound to cells that cause inflammation. Consuming this medicine before any exercises can keep the airways and the lungs open, preventing exercise-induced breathlessness. This also helps to improve symptoms of asthma, seasonal and year-round allergies.
Montelukast is available in the form of a tablet that can be swallowed whole, or as a chewable tablet and as granules that can be dissolved in liquid or soft food. For anyone older than 15 years of age, an ideal dosage is one 10-mg tablet taken once in the evening; for children between 6–14 years, one 5-mg chewable tablet taken once in the evening and for children between 2–5 years, one 4-mg chewable tablet taken once in the evening.
Fever, headache, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, stomach pain, and bed-wetting in children are a few side-effects. It is not recommended for children below 2 years of age, in pregnancy, for lactating women, the elderly, and those with already diagnosed liver, kidney or heart diseases.
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