What is Singulair used for? Singulair is taken to prevent and treat
asthma. The oral tablets are for asthma patients age 15 years and older, and the
chewable tablets are for pediatric patients 2 years of age and older. Do not take
Singulair to relieve an asthma attack. It is not a replacement for the quick help that
short acting inhalers provide during an asthma attack. It is very important that you
continue taking your other asthma medicines unless your health care provider tells you to
stop.General Precautions with Singulair:
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
- It is very important that you continue to take your other asthma medicines unless
your doctor tells you to stop.
- If your asthma is made worse by aspirin, you should continue to avoid aspirin or
other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
patients should be aware that the chewable tablet for Singulair contains phenylalanine (a
part of aspartame).
What are some possible side effects of Singulair? (This list is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Singulair. Your health care
provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
- Tell your doctor or health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant,
are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Reports of patients experiences after Singulair became
Allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or
throat, (which may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing), hives, and itching. Stop
taking Singulair and call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
A rare condition, that includes a combination of certain symptoms which do
not go away or get worse, including a flu-like illness, rash, pins and needles or numbness
of arms or legs, and severe inflammation of the sinuses. These have usually occurred, but
not always, in people whose oral steroid medicines for asthma were being gradually lowered
or stopped. Although Singulair has not been shown to cause this condition, you must tell
your doctor right away if you get one or more of these symptoms.
- Feeling tired
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach
- Intestinal upset
For more detailed information about Singulair, ask your health care provider.
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/1998/20829lbl.pdf Link to Singulair's approved label and patient information
Revised: 7/25/00, 6/22/01