Understanding Asthma Medications (cont.)
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Montelukast (Singulair), zafirlukast (Accolate), and zileuton (Zyflo) are used to control asthma symptoms. They are often used in addition to inhaled corticosteroids to avoid the use of oral corticosteroid.
How leukotrienes work
Leukotrienes are powerful chemical substances produced by the body. They promote the inflammatory response caused by exposure to allergens. Leukotriene inhibitors block the action or production of these chemicals, thereby reducing inflammation.
Who should not use these medications
Drug or food interactions
No drug or food interactions have been reported.
Leukotrienes are typically well tolerated, and side effects are similar to those of patients taking a placebo (sugar pill). Reports of headache, earache, sore throat, and respiratory infections have been noted.
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