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Old 11-17-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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Does Singulair take time to work?

My pulmonologist prescribed it to me almost a week ago and said it would also help my inhaler work better. (I have Albuterol) Anyway, it's been almost a week and I don't feel any better and my inhaler still only works for a 1/2 hour to an hour. So I was wondering if Singulair is one of those drugs that takes a week or two to build up and start working, or if it should have started working immediately. Thank you in advance.

 
Old 11-17-2003, 02:05 PM   #2
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Yes, it can take several weeks for singulair to start working...Unfortunately, it only works for about half the population with asthma...Hopefully you are a lucky one!

 
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:02 AM   #3
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Singulair

So how long should I wait before I assume it's not working for me? I know I need to call my pulmonologist, which I will do. I just like getting advice from people who have actually dealt with it. Sometimes you guys know MORE than the doctors!

 
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I'd give it a good month to a month-and-a-half, just to be safe. Sometimes you don't know it's helping till you come off it! I was on Singulair from November to April. I doubted it was helping, but we kept me on it because it wasn't hurting...Virtually no side effects either...too bad it didn't work!

 
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On a side-note, if you find that the singulair isn't working, you can also try other kinds of leukotriene-antagonists, like Accolate.

 
Old 11-18-2003, 05:29 PM   #6
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Singulair

Thanks for your input!! I called the office and the nurse told me she thinks Singulair takes two weeks to a month to really start working, but she'll talk to the doctor and call me back in the morning. I called the pharmacist first and he thinks I'm using my inhaler wrong and getting too much of it stuck in the back of my throat. So I'm trying to open up more and really get it into the lungs. All this is new to me, I'm sure I'll figure out a system eventually.

 
Old 11-18-2003, 06:19 PM   #7
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If you ARE having trouble with the inhaler, ask your doc about getting a spacer. This device will help you use your inhaler better and it will give the medication more air to mix with before you inhale it.

 
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