Singulair generic name montelukast belong to a family of drugs known as leukotriene inhibitors. Leukotrienes are chemicals in the body which are released when you breathe in an allergen such as pollen. These chemicals cause swelling in your lungs and tightening of the muscles around your airways resulting in asthma symptoms.
This drug is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children as young as 12 months being used to relieve runny nose and sneezing caused by allergies. It is also used to prevent exercise induced bronchoconstriction in adults and teenagers who are 15 years or older.
It is suggested moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, allergic to montelukast or have phenylketonuria )PKU).
Less serious side effects are headache, stomach pain, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhes, tooth pain, tired, fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, hoarseness or mild rash.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, mood or behaviour changes, anxirty, depression, suicidal thoughts, thinking of hurting yourself, tremors, shaking, easy bruising, bleeding, purple or red pin spots under the skin, severe sinus pain, swelling irritation or worse asthma conditions.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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