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. My child has a persistent cough along with allergic symptoms. Can I give cough and allergy medicine together?
No. Do not mix cough and allergy medicines because they usually both contain similar ingredients. This may result in double dosing of the active ingredients, thereby causing serious side effects.
Q. Can I decrease the dose of Montef-L Syrup by myself if my child starts to feel better?
No, adhere to the dose as prescribed by your child’s doctor. Do not increase or decrease the dose by yourself as it can impact your child’s health. While increasing the dose may cause unwanted effects like sedation and depression, decreasing the dose or stopping it suddenly can result in rebound reversal of all symptoms.
Q. How should Montef-L Syrup be stored?
Montef-L Syrup should be stored at room temperature in a dry place, away from direct heat and light. Also, keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children to avoid any accidental intake.
Q. Can Montef-L Syrup make my child sleepy?
Montef-L Syrup causes mild drowsiness which can make your child sleepy. However, never give this medicine to your child to induce sleep. Forced sleep could mask any underlying sleep disorder like insomnia.
Q. My child is an athlete and has to participate in a sports event in the next two days. Can I start the course of Montef-L Syrup?
No, don’t start Montef-L Syrup without speaking to your child’s doctor. Moreover, Montef-L Syrup can hamper your child’s performance as it may cause mild sedation, dizziness, and sleepiness. So, it’s best to reach out to the doctor first.
Q. Can I stop the medicine by myself?
No, all symptoms may reappear on sudden withdrawal of Montef-L Syrup usually if taken for a long-term. It is advised to stop this medicine gradually under the guidance of your child’s doctor.
Q. My child is suffering from a mood disorder. Is it safe to give Montef-L Syrup to my child?
Some studies show that Montef-L Syrup can cause mood disorders, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, shakiness, and trouble controlling body movements. Therefore, consult your child’s doctor before giving any medicine to your child.
Q. Can I use Montef-L Syrup for treating acute asthma attacks in my child?
Montef-L Syrup should only be used to prevent asthma attacks. It should not be used to stop an attack that has already started. Use your child’s reliever medicine to help with an attack that has already started.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 26th Aug 2021. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.