Montelukast

Montelukast is used for the prevention and long term treatment of asthma.

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What is this medicine used for

Montelukast is used for the prevention and long term treatment of asthma.

Related: Asthma

Dosage and How to Use

Montelukast should be taken once daily as directed by the doctor. The medication should be continued even if asthma is under control and only stopped on instructions by your doctor. It should also be continued during periods of worsening asthma.

General point(s) to note:

  • The granules should be consumed within 15 minutes of opening the sachet.


If your child is taking:

4mg Oral granules
  • The medication can be mixed with a spoonful of the following room temperature food: apple sauce, mashed carrots, breast milk, porridge, rice, milk or water.
  • Alternatively, the medication can be fed directly into the child's mouth.
  • Do not dissolve or crush the granules



5 mg Chewable tablets
  • Chew well before swallowing

10mg Oral tablets
  • Swallow whole, do not crush, cut or dissolve the tablets




Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If you remember a missed dose at the time of your next dose, omit the missed dose and take only your regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Related: Know Your Medication

Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

What side effects can this medicine cause? What can I do about them?

Montelukast has generally been well tolerated. Adverse reactions are usually mild and in most instances, do not require the discontinuation of therapy. They include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose

  • Belly pain

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Upset stomach or throwing up

  • Loose stools

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you experience these, or any other unusual effects, especially if you experience any allergic reactions, change in mood or flu-like symptoms.

Other precautions:

Montelukast has not been shown to be effective for the treatment of asthma attacks. Therefore, an appropriate rescue medication (e.g. salbutamol inhaler) should be readily available.

Do not take Montelukast if you had a previous allergic reaction to it.

Related: Self Care and Self Medication

Handling and Storage

Store at room temperature (below 25°C), protected from moisture and light. Keep out of the reach of children.

This leaflet answers some common questions about Montelukast. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

 

Version 1
Last Review: June 2017
Produced by Department of Pharmacy


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