Usually, it is recommended to take Montril 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 Montril is taken in the evening or morning. Hence, take the medicine as directed by your doctor.
Q. Is Montril a steroid?
No, Montril 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 Montril make you drowsy?
An uncommon side effect of Montril 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 Montril?
Consumption of alcohol should be restricted while taking Montril as it may cause dizziness and drowsiness as a side effect. Also, liver disorders caused as side effect of Montril may occur more commonly with use of alcohol.
Q. Can Montril cause mood changes?
Yes, although uncommonly but Montril 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 Montril cause weird dreams?
Yes, in rare cases Montril may cause night mares, sleeplessness, and sleep walking. You should contact your doctor if these symptoms persist.
Q. How should Montril be taken?
Montril 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 Montril 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.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.