Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Leukotriene modifiers inhibit immune reactions that cause inflammation and reduce constriction of bronchi. The are not for immediate relief of asthma attack. Tell your doctor if you are a heavy drinker or have had liver disease. These medications may (rarely) cause liver damage. If you have aspirin sensitivity, avoid taking aspirin and NSAIDs while taking Singulair.
Leukotrien modifiers and their daily dosages include the following:
- Accolate (zafirlukast)20 mg 2x/day
- Singulair (montelukast)10 mg/day
- Zyflo (zileuton)600 mg 4x/day
Accolate should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Singulair should be taken at night, with or without food. To prevent exercise-induced asthma, take this drug at least 2 hours before exercise. Zyflo may be taken with or without food.