When you think asthma, you probably think of someone using their inhaler. BUT there is a pill that has been used for years to control asthma and allergies. Singulair (montelukast sodium) is a once a day pill that is used to treat asthma and allergies.
Singulair is a leukotriene modifier. What does that mean? It was explained to me like this: leukotriene is what is released in the body during an asthma attack. Histamine is what is released in the body during an allergic reaction. So, people take antihistamines to block the histamine from being released into the body (and help control allergies). Think of Singulair like an "antileukotriene." It helps control the release of leukotriene (and can help control asthma.)
Still confused? Dr. Martha White wrote an article for Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA.)
Singulair might be an option for some people to treat their asthma. Dr. White says it's available as sprinkles and as a chewable tablet. It's also available as a pill that you swallow (all of my teenagers take the pill form every day.)
And, there is a generic pill available now! So instead of paying around $50 a month for EACH of my teenager's prescriptions (yep, $150 a month), we only pay about $10 a month now for EACH prescription ($30 a month). Much better!!
Yes, I did the happy dance when Singulair finally went generic! When you have 4 people in your family with asthma, (me and 3 teenagers) and we all have maintenance medications, rescue inhalers, medicine for the nebulizer, allergy medicine and singulair, it really adds up! Hubby has allergies too, so we have to add in his medicine and nose spray..
In fact, at one point I asked the pharmacist if I could just sign over my paycheck - just to make things easier!
Talk to your doctor and see if Singulair would work for you or your kids. Everyone is different when it comes to treating asthma. Some kids with mild asthma can use Singulair. Other kids need Singulair plus an inhaled corticosteroid and allergy medicine.
Until them, keep breathing!