Levocetirizine + Montelukast is a combination of two medicines: Levocetirizine + Montelukast1 and Levocetirizine + Montelukast2, which relieves sneezing and runny nose due to allergies. Levocetirizine + Montelukast1 is an antiallergic which blocks a chemical messenger (histamine) responsible for runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Levocetirizine + Montelukast2 is a leukotriene antagonist. It works by blocking another chemical messenger (leukotriene). This reduces inflammation (swelling) in the airways and nose, and improves symptoms.
Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Maast A?
Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children, and other people.
Q. What is Maast A?
Maast A is a combination of two medicines: Montelukast and Levocetirizine. Levocetirizine is an antiallergic which helps to relieve allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and cough. It works by lowering chemicals in the body that cause allergy symptoms. Montelukast works by blocking another chemical messenger (leukotriene) and reduces inflammation (swelling) in the airways and nose. This further helps to relieve the symptoms.
Q. Can the use of Maast A cause drowsiness or sleepiness?
Yes, the most common side effect of Maast A is sleepiness. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or engage in other activities that need your full attention unless your doctor says that you may do so. Do not drink alcohol or take other central nervous system depressants, such as cough and cold medicines. Also avoid taking certain pain relief medicines and medicines that help you sleep as they can lead to severe drowsiness or can worsen it, causing falls or accidents.
Q. Can Maast A be stopped when allergy symptoms are relieved?
No, Maast A should be continued as advised by the doctor. If you experience any side effects of this medicine or the symptoms of allergy are worsened, consult the doctor for re-evaluation.
Q. Can the use of Maast A cause dry mouth?
Yes, the use of Maast A can cause dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth, drink plenty of water. Take regular sips during the day and keep some water by your bed at night. You may use lip balm if your lips are also dry.
Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Maast A?
No, do not take alcohol while taking Maast A. Drinking alcohol will increase the severity of drowsiness/sleepiness caused by Maast A.
Q. Will Maast A be more effective if taken in higher doses?
No, taking a higher dose of this medicine than recommended will not make it more effective. Consuming higher than the recommended dose of Maast A can cause increased side effects. If the symptoms are getting severe, please consult the doctor for re-evaluation.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 19th Dec 2018. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.