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 115 42
Allergic rhinitis 72 19
Perennial allergy 48 12
Asthma 35 7
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 15
Mild 25
None 236

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Montelukast

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 162
4 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 2
5 mg daily 1
10 mg twice daily 1
10mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Montelukast

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 47
Doctor's advice 31
Side effects too severe 31
Expense 29
Other 29
Course of treatment ended 20
Change in health plan coverage 12
Personal research 5
See all 162 patients who've stopped taking Montelukast

Duration

Currently taking Montelukast

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Montelukast

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 241
Usually 33
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 9
$25-49 23
< $25 111
Not specified 141

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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