Please help...It just dawned on me that my 7year old daughter may be gaining weight from the asthma medication she is taking. She has been on Singulair for a year now and has gained signifcant weight, I wonder if there is a correlation between the two? Does anyone have or had experience with this? [removed] Thank You very much
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I have never heard of Singulair causing weight gain. Read the insert in the package;go to the website; talk to her doctor. It is more likely that some combination of diet and lack of exercise may be involved. If asthma keeps her from participating in exercise, that is more likely to be the culprit. But be sure to talk to the doc.
I have an 11 y.o. daughter who I suspect is also gaining weight from Singulair. When she was 9, her BMI jumped from 17 to 21 in 6 mo. because she gained 20 lbs. She had been on Flovent, so dr. switched her to Advair and Singulair. Flovent and Advair are inhaled corticosteroids, which can cause weight gain in high doses, so I tapered her off to a very minute dose of Advair to control her asthma. She could still not stop the weight gain the next couple years, so she stopped Advair completely about 7 mo. ago and continued Singulair, Claratin & Albuterol inhaler as needed. Because she is active and does not overeat, I suspect that the Singulair has something to do with the weight she is still gaining. Even when she barely eats and swims all day, her weight does not come off. I cannot take her off Singulair to see if it is the culprit because her asthma goes crazy. I know my daughter and she just doesn't look right for her frame. I'm sick of doctors blaming it on adolescence or her diet. I'm sick of them saying they never heard of Advair or Singulair causing weight gain. Obviously my daughter has a hypersensitivity to these drugs. I'm sick of them saying there are no other asthma drugs to try. We recently changed from an HMO insurance and have the freedom to see other drs., so I have an appt. coming up with another specialist. I don't know if 7 months is enough time for the corticosteroids to have left her body. I have spent hundred of hours on the internet trying to find info. and just end up getting confused. Medications.com also has side effect postings. This is my experience so far, and continually worry about my daughter's self-esteem, risk of diabetes, and other complications from weight gain which is not hereditary and goes on unexplained.
Singulair should not cause weight gain. If your daughter has been on courses of ORAL steroids such as prednisone (not inhaled steroids) the that could have contributed to her weight gain. I agree with reader1 that if your daughter is not getting enough excersise due to her asthma then that could be prt of the problem. At the end of the day, the positive effects of the drug, like your daughter being able to breathe are surely more important than a little weight gain which is unlikely to be linked to the drug. Maybe your daughter could try swimming, the breathing control required during swimming lessons can be especially benificial to asthmatics. I know in the uk, there are lots of special swimming groups for asthmatics which are free to join.
Believ me, I know how horrible it is to put on weight as a result of medication, I have gained 5 stone as a result of oral steroid treatment, and am only beginning to lose it again now as the dose is lowered now I am on new treatment.
If however you are still worried it is worth talking to your family doctor, or chest physician.
Take care and I hope that helps a little
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my 6 yr ols son is also on singulair but he does not have a problem with weight gain ,he has been on the meds for over a year now ,i would check wiht you doctor as to what is causing the weight gain..good luck
I started using Singulair in 1997 or 1998 in conjunction with many other meds to control my Asthma. I was 21 at the time. My asthma was quite sever and I donít think a week would go by without me having to go to the ER at least one. When the drug started to work it was a great even if the first month was hell. After that it was great, I could sleep through the night, without having to use a nebulizer. I felt much better, even though I woke up every morning with bloodshot eyes, I could walk around even run sometimes. Yes there were side affects, but weighing these up against the asthma and condition of my body after each attack, it was worth it, I thought.
I stabilised after a couple of years and my lungs seemed to ďhealĒ and I felt much better. When I started feeling better, (after a couple of years) I realised how much pain I was in, however I thought they were just issues due to the asthma attacks before. The pain in between my ribs, cramps in my legs and feet, the nausea, headaches, deterioration of my vision, blood shot eyes and gaining so much weight for no reason. I stated questioning why and when these things were happing to me. I asked my doctor whether the Singulair could be causing my weight gain, and I was told on more than one occasion that ďIt can not be the Singulaire" (... bull). I mentioned the other side effects, but I was told that I was stressing about nothing, and that itís just because I am not taking care of myself enough. I was told to exercises and to eat right. hmmm
I went to a personal trainer, I ate the right foods, it didnít stop the weight gain. I didnít sneak a bite here or there, I exercised as much as my body could handle, but there was no change in my weight other than gaining more. I stopped using Singulair for a while, and I lost weight, unfortunately the side effects were terrible, and I felt like death warmed up. I also made more regular trips to the ER again, so I went on it again. My doctor once said to me ďeven if it is the Singulair, it not like you can stop it, as youíll probably dieĒ heís probably right, I have tried going off it. However heís feeling towards the weight gain, was awful, he simply says that people in their twenties (and even now that I am in my late twenties) worry too much about weight gain. Really putting on a minimum of 0.5 -1kg weight a month, is no joke. I went off it for a month and a half without anyone knowing, I ate what ever I wanted, but this still resulted in a weight LOSS of 0.5 - 0.7 kg a week for about a month, and it then drops off to about 0.3 - 0.7 a week depending. Then I went on the drug again, the Asthma just got too bad.
The doctor still insists that the drug canít do this. I always just thought that all the other side effects were just par for the course, being an asthmatic and all, or maybe just all in my head. Thatís what the doctors make you think after a while, even if they donít say it. I am now 15 kg over weight. <sigh>
There seems to be hundreds of posts relating to people gaining weight on this product across the net. I would really like to know, can't we get the manufactures to release information pertaining to these side effects, or can't we get them to do studies on the weight gain...?
What other meds were you on to control your asthma? I ask because I wonder why Singulair caused weight gain but not inhaled corticsteroids. (I assume you were on them since your asthma was so severe - maybe not). From all I've researched and read, the people who are sensitive to and gain weight from Singulair also do so from the corticosteroids.
If you read this, I want to THANK YOU so much for your post, and I go back and read it every time someone "Grrrrrrr's" about the weight gain side effects. Some people think that these side effects don't exist just because they don't experience them. I believe you and shelleyA and understand your concerns and frustrations. My 12-year-old daughter also eats little and exercises a lot with no change in weight other than gaining more. Also, her acute significant weight gain (over 20 lbs) between 9 and 9 1/2 years old began exactly when she started the drugs.
Comprehensive tests by an endocrinologist ruled out any other problems she may have, and he could not rule out that the drugs cause her weight gain. She also had a borderline high fasting insulin level (normal glucose) which maybe explains why weight will not come off. He said that all heavy people have an elevated insulin level. Is this a viscious cycle?
My daughter has recently swithched from Singulair to a small amount of Advair once a day, but there's no weight change. She cannot fully stop the Advair since her allergic asthma is persistent.
I hope this post might help other people that think they may be going a little
crazy. or when others tell them they have had one french fry too many!
Last edited by hrtprice; 04-21-2005 at 09:37 AM.
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How about Advair and weight gain. I have put over 35 pounds on and i look like a football player. Its around the middle, shoulders and neck. And i eat alot of salads and yogurt and have even joined weight watchers and have lost nothing. So i no weight gain is a big factor with these meds.
Last edited by jeanie50; 05-29-2005 at 08:39 PM.
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My daughter is 4 years old and she has been on Singular since she was 4 months. She doesn't have a weight problem. She is a tiny little girl. I do worry that the excessive amounts of steroids she has been on may cause a problem with this as she gets older. You never know though, every med is different in everybody. Ask your doctor, they may watch her weight just too see. Good Luck!
Love Singulair....I have been taking 1 10 mg tablet of singulair everyday for the last few years and it has helped me so much. I've had asthma since I was a teenager so I won't grow out of it. I am an adult in my 40's now and I have tried many different pills and inhalers throughout my life. I think prednisone was the only medication that put on weight for me, depending how long I had to be on it when I had my acute asthma attacks. The inhalers worked for me but I hated the nervous shaky feeling I got from them. I can't remember the last attack I had. I give all the credit to singulair.