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montelukast (SINGULAIR)

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A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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  • montelukast (SINGULAIR); zafirlukast (ACCOLATE)
    We list these drugs as Do Not Use drugs because they are less effective than other drugs and can cause blood vessel inflammation, liver disease, lupus and recurrences of ulcerative colitis.

Disease and Drug Family Information

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  • Allergy and Hayfever [hide all summaries]
    If you suffer from an itchy and runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and a tickle in the back of your throat, then you probably have an allergy. An allergy means a hypersensitivity to a particular substance called an allergen. Hypersensitivity means that the body’s immune system, which defends against infection, disease, and foreign bodies, reacts inappropriately to the allergen. Examples of common allergens are pollen, mold, ragweed, dust, feathers, cat hair, makeup, walnuts, aspirin, shellfish, poison ivy, and chocolate.
  • Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema [hide all summaries]
    Do not try to diagnose or treat yourself. Asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema must be diagnosed and treated by a doctor or other health professional. Two other common conditions that cause breathing difficulties, congestive heart failure and pneumonia, have similar symptoms, and many of the drugs used to treat asthma or COPD may worsen these conditions. Therefore, it is extremely important that you have your condition properly diagnosed before starting any medication.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • Treatment for Nasal Allergies: An Updated Review [hide all summaries]
    (April 2016)
    With spring time pollen counts soaring, many patients with seasonal nasal allergies will be looking for relief from allergy medications. Learn the best available treatments to stay safe and relatively symptom-free during allergy season and throughout the year.
  • Update: Treatment of Chronic Asthma [hide all summaries]
    (August 2015)
    Asthma is a common disease afflicting more than 16 million American adults and 6 million children. Find out the safest and most effective options for managing this chronic lung disease.
  • Asthma Drug Linked to Adverse Psychiatric Events [hide all summaries]
    (July 2013)
    The article reviews evidence that one of the biggest-selling asthma drugs lacks evidence of a unique benefit and has been found to cause a variety of adverse psychiatric events, including nightmares, hallucinations and aggressiveness, especially in children.
  • Oral Drugs for Diabetes: Avoiding Hypoglycemia [hide all summaries]
    (May 2010)
    After explaining the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) the article lists 42 prescription drugs that can interact with one or more diabetes drugs to increase the chance of hypoglycemia.
  • FDA Requires Warnings about Serious Mental and other Side Effects With Certain Asthma Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (August 2009)
    The FDA has just warned about about mood and behavior changes for three drugs used to treat asthma: montelukast (SINGULAIR), zafirlukast (ACCOLATE) and zileuton (ZYFLO, ZYFLO CR). The article describes these side effects and urges that patients talk with their health care providers if these events occur. However, we advise that patients should not stop any asthma medication without first consulting your physician. Abruptly stopping a medication may result in acutely deteriorating asthma control.
  • Cutting Your Drug Bill While Reducing Your Risk Of Avoidable Adverse Drug Reactions: Six Examples [hide all summaries]
    (February 2005)
    This article will look at the potential savings for the individual consumer if the alternative treatments recommended in Worst Pills, Best Pills were used for six DO NOT USE drugs. All six are listed in the Drug Topics Magazine Top 200 selling drugs in U.S. in 2003. The drugs are: celecoxib (CELEBREX) used for arthritis and pain; the Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil (ARICEPT); drospirenone with ethinyl estradiol (YASMIN 28), an oral contraceptive; esomeprazole (NEXIUM) the “new purple pill” for heartburn; montelukast (SINGULAIR), a drug approved for both asthma and hay fever; and valdecoxib (BEXTRA), an arthritis drug very similar to celecoxib.The combined sales of these six DO NOT USE drugs was $8.1 billion with more that 75 million prescriptions dispensed in 2003.
  • DO NOT USE! Asthma Drug Montelukast (SINGULAIR) For The Treatment Of Hay Fever [hide all summaries]
    (November 2003)
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on January 23, 2003, approved the asthma drug montelukast (SINGULAIR) for the relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in adults and children two years of age and older. Montelukast is a member of a family of drugs known as leukotriene inhibitors.You should not use montelukast for the treatment of hay fever symptoms because of its meager effectiveness and exorbitant cost.

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