Singulair is a brand name of Montelukast. This drug is meant for the prolonged therapy of the bronchial asthma. It does not provide a fast therapeutic effect, and therefore it is ineffective in the emergency management. It has properties of the accumulation in the body due to which the pharmacological action of the drug differs by the prolonged and positive results.
The mechanism of the action of Singulair consists in the ability of Montelukast to block leukotriene receptors (receptors which are formed in the body from arachidonic acid. One of the effects of these receptors is bronchismus which is the basis of pathogeny of the bronchial asthma).
As a result of the inhibition of these receptors Singulair causes the relaxation of bronchi, reduces the content of intracellular and extracellular factors of the inflammation in the respiratory tracts, and reduces the reactivity of bronchi.
The therapeutic effect develops for a long time and gains its maximum in one day after the use of the tablet.
It makes the peculiarity of the treatment of the bronchial asthma conditional by Singulair drug. Side by side with this drug patients have to have medical remedies which help to arrest the asthma attacks.
In case of the proper use of the drug and following the dosage regimen the probability of the side reactions is small. If you noticed the appearance of the allergic reaction during the treatment it is needed to see a physician. Perhaps, you need to lower the daily dose, or refuse completely from the further treatment by Singulair drug.
I have never had allergies in my life or asthma. It took me 2 days on this medication to realize that my anxiety attacks, sweating, heart palpitations and panic were being caused by it. Took myself off and the very next day I am feeling like my old self.
I was diagnosed with mild asthma one year ago. My doctor started me on an inhaler, but it did not help. So two months ago he switched me to Singulair. I take it every other night. Now my breathing is fantastic, i am going to cut back the dosage to just twice a week to see if my asthma is still controlled and to see if my mood improves.