More Info on Indications for Singulair
More than 50 million Americans have allergic diseases. One of the most common forms of allergies is an allergic reaction to something in the air. Health experts estimate that 35 million Americans suffer from upper respiratory tract symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction). Although allergies can affect many different parts of the body, Singulair is approved only to treat nasal allergies. Symptoms of nasal allergies include:
- Stuffy nose or nasal congestion
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
Allergy treatment options may include:
- Medicines, such as Singulair
- Allergy shots.
Singulair is approved to treat both seasonal allergy symptoms and those that last all year long.
Singulair is part of a group of medications called leukotriene modifiers. Leukotrienes are chemicals produced by the body in response to allergens or other problems. In the lungs, they cause swelling and inflammation in the airways and constriction of the muscles of the respiratory tract. In the nose, leukotrienes are released after exposure to allergens, leading to allergy symptoms.
Singulair works by blocking leukotriene receptors, preventing leukotriene chemicals from causing allergy or asthma symptoms.
Singulair is one of the most-studied medications for asthma in children. It is approved for asthma treatment in children as young as 12 months old and prevention of exercise-induced asthma in children age 6 and older. It is approved for treating seasonal allergies in children as young as two years old and for year-round allergies in children as young as six months old. The medication is available in chewable tablets and oral granules, which are often easier for young children to take. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Singulair in children.