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Montelast 5mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Montelast 5mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used for asthma prevention and for the treatment of allergy symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose. It reduces inflammation in the airways and make breathing easier.

Montelast 5mg Tablet can be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time to get the most benefit. It is advised to have it 2 hours before exercise if you have exercise-induced asthma. It should be taken as your doctor's advice. The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for. Your doctor will decide how much you need to improve your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you. It does not cure sudden breathing problems, so always carry a medicated inhaler with you. 

It is generally safe medicine with few common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. Generally, you should avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.

Before taking this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you have ever had severe liver problems. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. You must inform your doctor about pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Uses of Montelast Tablet

  • Asthma prevention
  • Sneezing and runny nose due to allergies

Side effects of Montelast Tablet

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.

How to use Montelast Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Montelast 5mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Montelast Tablet works

Montelast 5mg Tablet works by blocking the action of leukotriene, a chemical messenger. This reduces inflammation in the airways to prevent asthma and relieve symptoms of allergies.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Montelast 5mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Montelast 5mg Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Montelast 5mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Montelast 5mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Montelast 5mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Montelast 5mg Tablet is recommended.
Liver
CAUTION
Montelast 5mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Montelast 5mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Limited information is available on the use of Montelast 5mg Tablet in these patients. No dose adjustment is recommended in patients with mild to moderate liver disease.

What if you forget to take Montelast Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Montelast 5mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Montelast 5mg Tablet for asthma prevention and for the treatment of allergy symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose.
  • It is a relatively safe medicine with very few side effects.
  • Take Montelast 5mg Tablet 2 hours before exercising if you have exercise-induced asthma.
  • It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing.
  • Do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor, even if you feel better.

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Patient Concerns

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I've frequent sneezing & nose blocking problems, suspecting due to allergies.
Dr. Vijay Verma
ENT
Get serum IgE to confirm it is allergy
I am sneezing and runny nose for two days.
Dr. Ila Jain Khandelwal
Pathology
Dear PATIENT can take tablet sinnarest twice a day for this. Steam inhalation twice a day.
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FAQs

Q. Why do you have to take Montelast at night?

Usually, it is recommended to take Montelast in the evening when it is being used for asthma and allergic rhinitis (cough and cold due to allergy). However, the exact reason for this is not yet known. Some studies have shown that there is no difference in effectiveness whether Montelast is taken in the evening or morning. Hence, take the medicine as directed by your doctor.

Q. Is Montelast a steroid?

No, Montelast is not a steroid. It is a leukotriene blocker. Leukotrienes are natural substances released during an allergic reaction which causes constriction of muscles of airway. It can also cause allergy symptoms. This medicine blocks leukotrienes which helps in relieving symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Q. Does Montelast make you drowsy?

An uncommon side effect of Montelast is drowsiness. It can also cause dizziness. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the medicine affects you. Consult your doctor if you experience these side effects.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Montelast?

Consumption of alcohol should be restricted while taking Montelast as it may cause dizziness and drowsiness as a side effect. Also, liver disorders caused as side effect of Montelast may occur more commonly with use of alcohol.

Q. Can Montelast cause mood changes?

Yes, although uncommonly but Montelast may cause mood changes. The symptoms of mood change include anxiety, agitation, aggressive behaviour or hostility, irritability, and restlessness. One may also experience depression and suicidal tendency. Consult your doctor immediately in case you develop any of these symptoms.

Q. Can Montelast cause weird dreams?

Yes, in rare cases Montelast may cause night mares, sleeplessness, and sleep walking. You should contact your doctor if these symptoms persist.

Q. How should Montelast be taken?

Montelast should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. The medicine should be used preferably in the evening with or without food when being used for asthma. Whereas, for allergic rhinitis, it can be taken at any time of the day but at the same time each day. But, if you are taking it to avoid breathing difficulties during exercise, it should be taken 2 hours before exercise.

Q. How should Montelast granules be given to children?

It can be directly given in the mouth or dissolve in 1 teaspoonful of cold or room temperature baby formula or breast milk. It can also be used with 1 spoonful of mashed carrots, applesauce, rice, or ice-cream. Remember to give the mixture within 15 minutes of making it.
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