Montelukast - Drug Information

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General Information on Montelukast

Generic Name : Montelukast

Pronunciation : mon-the-LEW-Kast

Latest prescription information about Montelukast. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Why is Montelukast Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs), prescribed for asthma.  It works by blocking a substance called leukotriene.

When should Montelukast not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Montelukast?

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 10 mg/day.

How should Montelukast be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Montelukast?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver disease, suicidal thoughts, mental problem, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Montelukast?

   Most Common : Diarrhea, dizziness, cough, headache, vomiting, stomach pain and sore throat.
   Miscellaneous : Hoarseness, itching, rash, hives, fever, flu-like symptoms, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).

What are the other precautions for Montelukast?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Montelukast?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C).

♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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