What is Montelukast?

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Montelukast is used for prophylaxis and chronic treatment of asthma; relief of symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis; prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Seasonal allergy 113 41
Allergic rhinitis 73 19
Perennial allergy 51 12
Asthma 37 8
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 20 16

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 14
Mild 25
None 232

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Montelukast

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 4
Constipation 2
Cough 2
Dry eyes 2
Fatigue 2
Headaches 2

Show all 47 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Montelukast

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 156
4 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
20 mg daily 1
10mg as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Montelukast

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 46
Side effects too severe 30
Doctor's advice 29
Expense 29
Other 29
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 11
Personal research 4
See all 159 patients who've stopped taking Montelukast

Duration

Currently taking Montelukast

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 46

Stopped taking Montelukast

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 236
Usually 34
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 251
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 23
< $25 113
Not specified 134

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Montelukast after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 5
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 3
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 2
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Montelukast and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 2
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 2
Azelastine (Astelin) 1
Benzonatate (Tessalon Perles) 1
Creatine supplement (Creatine Monohydrate) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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22 patient evaluations for Montelukast

Feb 12, 2016 (Started Jun 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seasonal allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can not tell it's actually working.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2015 (Started Jun 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seasonal allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i don't notice any effect.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 21, 2010 (Started Jun 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I would skip this medication if I had to buy it.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Nov 7, 2008 (Started Jun 11, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It's less effective than Primatene tablets, but without the jitters.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 11, 2015 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 5, 2015 (Started Jan 20, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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