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Below are Singulair (Montelukast) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 21 ratings/reviews, Singulair has an overall score of 6.14. The effectiveness score is 7.33 and the side effect score is 7.33. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Singulair review by 26 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   chronic cough and allergies
Dosage & duration:   20 mg taken daily for the period of 30 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   singulair dramatically reduced coughing spells and allergy symptoms, but if just one treatment was missed the allergy symptoms reaccured.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   Take one 20 mg tablet each night before bedtime.

 

Singulair review by care giver of 4 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hay fever type allergy reactions
Dosage & duration:   1 tablet disolved in mouth at night taken daily for the period of 4 months
Other conditions:   dry skin- childhood excema
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My son attends a preschool with many mulberry trees on the grounds. These trees drop large amounts of pollen right on the children during parts of the year. He would begin to itch all over and develop red splotches on his face. The pediatrician prescribed Singular each night and it has alleviated all his symptoms.
Side effects:   We have not seen any side effects. He is not even made sleepy by this antihisitamine.
Comments:   One tablet disolved in mouth before bed. He dislikes the taste, but we solve that by taking his gummy vitamins immediately after the Singular.

 

Singulair review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken daily for the period of several years
Other conditions:   Restless leg syndrome
Other drugs taken:   requip
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I find that this drug effectively eliminates symptoms of restless leg syndrome. When having to sit in one position for extended periods (long air flights, car trips, meetings,) I experience great discomfort and an almost uncontrollable need to move my legs. This drug eliminates all discomfort and compulsion to move. It's terrific!
Side effects:   none
Comments:   I take one pill as needed.

 

Singulair review by 44 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthmas/ Rhinitis
Dosage & duration:   10 mg. taken once per day for the period of 18 months
Other conditions:   Hay Fever
Other drugs taken:   Albuterol, Xoponex
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Singulair appeared to help somewhat with being able to breathe better. Rhinitis was decreased. It helped me miss fewer work days, especially when air index quality was poor.
Side effects:   During the time I was taking singulair I did not have suicidal thoughts but I did feel VERY depressed VERY often. I was VERY thirsty while taking singulair. The drying effect lead to a few nosebleeds, mostly in the mornings.
Comments:   I was instructed by my doctor to take one singulair tablet each evening about one hour before bedtime.

 

Singulair review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Allergies
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken 1 daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   skin rash, back pain, hair loss
Other drugs taken:   temazapam
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Singulair seemed to work well at controlling my allergies. I the beginning I didn't notice any side effects.
Side effects:   After use Singulair I began developing pretty strong depression side effects including thoughts of suicide. At first I didn't realize that these thoughts and feelings of depression were connected to Singulair. After hearing about possible side effects on the News I stopped taking Singular, whiched ended the severe depression.
Comments:   In the begining Singulair seem to work well controlling my allergies, however I slowly developed strong depression side effects. I've never had problems with depression before. The effects of the drug were slow and hard to notice any day to day change. However all depression side effects ended immediately when I quit taking Singulair. I'll never take this drug again.

 

Singulair review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   10 mg taken dailey for the period of 7 years
Other conditions:   HTN
Other drugs taken:   Lisinopril
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lower blood pressure
Side effects:   I have not had any problems with side effects, some people have a chronic cough when they take ACE inhibitors.
Comments:   I take 20 mg Lisinopril dailey at night. The drug is very effective in lowering my blood pressure. I have not had any problems with side effects, some people have problems with a chronic cough.

 

Singulair review by 38 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma, Allergies
Dosage & duration:   10 mg per day taken once a day for the period of 6 years
Other conditions:   severe asthma, environmental allergies, depression
Other drugs taken:   inhaled cortisteroids, antihistamines, ssri
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   some reduction in lung inflammation
Side effects:   Severe mood swings, depression, frequent lung infections
Comments:   I took singulair for years before I realized that it was not really doing much and I strongly suspect that it contributed to my severe depression and mood swings. I have always had severe asthma and allergies and was hospitalized many times as a youngster. I did have allergy shots which I truly think helped with my allergies. When I got older, and inhaled cortisteroids were invented I started taking them, along with Singulair. I was told that it was the "most benign medication that I was on" so I never thought twice about popping that small pill each day. I suffered from frequent chest infections - that is a side effect of the singulair since it blocks the leuketrines that react and cause inflammation. When I was 25, I started having severe mood swings and had to start taking an anti-depressant. I continued the singulair without any thoughts. However, after my third child, we were broke and I was trying to cut some medications down to save money and I stopped the singulair for a while. I did notice that my asthma got worse so I figured oh well, have to start the Singulair again, that's when I started having the severe mood swings again. I started doing some research online and read an article written by a mother who lost her son to suicide and attributed it to the singulair. In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that more attention should be given to this drug, and it's affects on the brain. I am no longer taking it and I am having much better luck with zyrtec.

 

Singulair review by care giver of 5 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   4mg taken once per day for the period of 2 year
Other conditions:   allergies
Other drugs taken:   zyrtec, pulmicort
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Helped keep asthma under control. Didn't cause side effects. Was easy to administer. Provided the outcomes we had hoped for. Pleasant taste.
Side effects:   After hearing there were behavioral side effects, I was concerned that my child might experience the same. There were no noticeable side effects.
Comments:   Child takes a 4 mg chewable tablet daily to prevent ashtma attacks. Previously, she used the granules which we mixed with applesauce or yogurt for her to eat. Very easy administration. Pleasant taste in the chewable.

 

Singulair review by 35 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   1 tab/day taken daily for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   ventilin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I'm told it opens airways, but also hear there are neg side effects. Witout it, I'm a bi more weazy, but not much.
Side effects:   I hear its bad for heart (singulair) but am not sure and have not noticed. I may notice marginal effect on digestion, but it may be unrelated.
Comments:   I purchased it in generic form most recently in India. I take one tab nightly. When my asthma is worse, I take it and it helps marginally. It is supposed to be leukotrine inhibitor.

 

Singulair review by 56 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Allergies
Dosage & duration:   10 mg taken once a day for the period of on going
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   Effexor XR, Nortriptyline, Allegra
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Drastic reduction of sinus infections, from 3-4 per year down to 1 or less. My 23 year old daughter takes it with the same results.
Side effects:   None that I am aware of.
Comments:   Take daily, even if you think you don't need it. After using for several years, I experimented by going off of it, frequency of sinus infections increased to what it had been.

 

Singulair review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma/allergies
Dosage & duration:   1 tablet taken once per day for the period of over a year
Other conditions:   depression, high blood pressure, diabetes
Other drugs taken:   effexor, benicar, metformin,
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   noticed a significant improvement in exercise induced asthma/shortness of breath. Also I previously had a chronic cough/throat irritation prior to taking singulair and this is now gone. My asthma would act up when I drink or eat cold foods and this is no longer a problem. I haven't had bronchitis in over a year and would usually get 3-4 x year.
Side effects:   Did not notice any side effects. There are reports of depression as side effects but since I suffer from depression anyway it's hard to tell. Haven had any worsening of depression since starting singulair.
Comments:   Singulair has been very beneficial in controlling my asthma and bronchitis. Do not notice it helps much with my allergies though. I do take zyrtec for allergies but if I run out and still taking the singulair my allerties come right back. When I miss a dose of singulair I notice my cough comes back right away.

 

Singulair review by 58 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   10 mg taken once a day for the period of two days
Other conditions:   allergies to dust mites, mold, sulfa drugs; severe sciatic; neurotoxicity; chiari 1 brain
Other drugs taken:   gabapentin, 300 mg t.i.d.
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   There were no benefits, only bad side effects in that the drug significantly worsened my ability to breath.
Side effects:   Shortness of breath, weakness.
Comments:   Singulair was intended to address my Asthma and constant coughing due to allergic asthma; instead Singulair made my symptoms much worse. Singulair significantly increased shortness of breath and fatigue--even during inactivity. Due to the worsening of symptoms, I only took Singulair for two days. Unfortunately, it took a few months before I was able to get back to my baseline (where I was prior to taking the drug).

 

Singulair review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   75 mg taken evyerday for the period of 4 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   controls asthma by controling my allergies. The allergies subsided and my ashtma does not kick in I have allergic onset asthma , typically caused by pert dander or huge climate changes . Like going from the South texas area where I live to Oklahoma in the winter when its cold there
Side effects:   none
Comments:   once a day dosage

 

Singulair review by 15 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma \ allergies
Dosage & duration:   5mg taken everyday for the period of 12months till presents
Other conditions:   \
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   less astma attacks do more excerie without getting tired to quick focus more
Side effects:   headspins drowsiness night terrors hair lose ears ach mood swings depression pins and needles in mornings see and hear things most of times pale skin not enough sleep hear and see things sucide thoughts
Comments:   \take 5mg a day for as long as your doctors think you have improved,if not continue as long as you get better ......................................................................................................................................................

 

Singulair review by 39 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   chronic hives
Dosage & duration:   1 tablet daily taken once daily before bed for the period of one month
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The benefits of the treatment was that the hives that had been present for a minimum of three years were beginning to clear up. The chronic itchiness that was associated with the hives also began to lessen. The greatest benefit of taking Singular was that the overall hyper-sensitivity of my skin was finally beginning to lessen.
Side effects:   The side effects of the treatment was extreme tiredness. This antihistamine caused me to fall asleep at odd times throughout the day. I am generally a high energy person but Singular caused me to fall asleep almost as soon as I sat down or stopped moving.
Comments:   After many tests and a variety of test treatments my dermatologist determined a course of Singular would be the best course of treatment for the chrnic hives I was suffering from. I began taking it as per his instructions (one tablet nightly before bed). Within a matter of 2 days I began to feel incredibly tired. By day 5 I found I was falling asleep at odd times throughout the day. I called the dermatologists office and was told to expect some tiredness and to continue with the treatment. At the end of one month the tiredness still hadn't subsided. I returned to the dermatologists office and informed him I could no longer tolerate the side effects. He stopped the treatment of Singular.

 

Singulair review by 41 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken once a day for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   bipolar, low thyroid, seasonal allergies,
Other drugs taken:   Premarin, Levothyroxin, Prozac, Wellbutrin XL, Claritin, Lamictal, Albuterol inhaler
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Singulair is very effective in keeping my asthmatic symptoms in control. If I forget to take it, I can tell that my breathing becomes more labored by about 36 hours after the last dose. I will on occasion (maybe 1-2 times per week) need to use my rescue inhaler (albuterol), but it is primarily needed to ease discomfort and not to stop a full blown asthma attack. In fact, I have not suffered a full blown asthma attack since I started taking Singulair.
Side effects:   There are no apparent side effects of Singulair for me.
Comments:   My asthma had become so bad that when I was to be administered a test where I would be exposed to irritants to guage the severity of my asthma, I did not even get past the saline control before my breathing was adversely affected. I would say that my experience with Singulair has been superior (only surpassed by Advair, which I had to stop using due to the fact that my insurance company wouldn't cover it anymore. That led to my change to Singulair.)

 

Singulair review by 28 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma
Dosage & duration:   1x a day (after dinner) (dosage frequency: once a day) for the period of I took it for almost a month now...
Other conditions:   Severe allergic reactions
Other drugs taken:   Ansinar and Meptin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It easily cured my asthma, i rarely use my inhalers and nebulizer.... no more wheezing sounds and decreased my asthma attacks..
Side effects:   I had a Severe Acne rashes all throughout my body... especially on both sides of my back, arms, thigh and legs... and even all over my butt... More over after reading the other side effects, I noticed that i also suffered most of them.. such as..>>>> Severe allergic reactions (rash; itching; tightness in the chest; irregular heartbeat; mood changes; numbness or tingling of hands or feet; persistent stomach pain; dizziness; headache; nausea; tiredness; trouble sleeping; weakness;
Comments:   My maintenance daily dosage: AM -> Meptin 25mg , Ansinar 200mg PM -> Meptin 25mg , Ansinar 200mg, Kastair(Montelukast)10mg

 

Singulair review by care giver of 2 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma - repeated chest infections
Dosage & duration:   4mg tablet taken 1 tablet a day for the period of 30 days
Other conditions:   Hypermobility
Other drugs taken:   Inhaled salbutamol and clenil modulite
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Montelukast stopped the constant recession leading to repeated hospital admissions
Side effects:   Aggressive behaviour - hitting me dad and herself badly Bad dreams Confusion Hallucination Irritability Restlessness Sleepwalking Tremors Trouble sleeping oral pain Stomach pain Diarrhea constantl tugging at ears4 No appetite Clammy these are all symptoms reported to her gp and consultant after 1 month of treatment
Comments:   to take Montelukast every day. to take clenil (inhaled) 2 puffs 2 times a day to take salbutamol - when needed

 

Singulair review by care giver of 11 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   5 mg taken daily for the period of 24 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   none
Side effects:   Severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicide ideation, nightmares, hallucinations, horrible headaches, anger/hostility, reckless/abnormal behavior, dilated pupils, fatigue, pain in joints.
Comments:   This drug is poison and should not be given to children. My daughter was prescribed this for mild asthma. Doctors don't know or don't care about the dangerous, life-threatening side effects of this drug. This is Merck's biggest money maker. There are much more effective, less dangerous treatments for asthma. Spread the word. Get active.

 

Singulair review by 40 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Chronic Sinusitis
Dosage & duration:   10mg taken once daily for the period of 8 months
Other conditions:   Hay Fever
Other drugs taken:   Zyrtec
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Reduces sinus congestion significantly. Made sleep easier.
Side effects:   Belly fat.
Comments:   I asked the doctor about it, he said it had very low sides and worth trying and 30 minutes after taking it I felt like I took 30mg of sudaphed but without the hyperactivity. Ive noticed when taking together with sudaphed it reduces congestion even more. Also seems to reduce allergies but not to the same extent as antihistamines.

 

Singulair review by 56 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   severe non-allergic bronchitis and cough
Dosage & duration:   10 mg per day taken daily for the period of weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Nearly complete resolution of severe intractable cough and mucus obstruction of bronchi, which had been resistant to multiple treatments including inhalers, oral high dose prednisone, and antihistamines.
Side effects:   No adverse side effects.
Comments:   After reading the blogs, it's certain that we are all very different in our responses to treatment. I had failed all the standard treatments, including high oral doses of prednisone. I was facing a life on a ventilator with a tube in my throat. Within a few days of starting this medication, I could breath. Actually breath. You who have had severe asthma know how wonderful air can be. Within a week, I went for a walk. Hadn't been able to for almost a year. No depression. Actually, I feel pretty darned happy.
 


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