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Old 12-08-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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How to stop taking Singulair?

I've been on it for a year or so. It's for my allergies (although I did develop mild asthma before I got on it) I get weekly allergy shots and take singulair and clariton daily all year. I really don't want to be on singulair anymore, it's 25 dollars a month and I already pay for birth control pills which are also 25 dollars.
I asked my nurse that gives me shots, and she said I can stay on Singulair or get off it. But when I tried getting off it last summer, I was sick, really sick for three weeks I wasn't taking it, then when I took it again I was okay.
Do I just stop it and deal with being sick and if I don't get better go to a doctor? Or should I slowly get off it? Like break a pill in half and take that for a while, then end up taking nothing?
My symptoms were like a bad cold, sneezing, cough, wattery eyes, sensitive skin etc.

Now I DEFINITELY know I can't get off clariton, I had to for allergy testing and I broke out in hives so they had to give me a steroid to get rid of them until I could take it again. Even if I skip two days of clariton I itch everywhere, stomach, legs, thighs, butt, etc.

I don't want to be on medication, especially with those scary side effects of Singulair, meh

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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Re: How to stop taking Singulair?

I was on Singulair for quite a few years and was able to just stop taking it without any problems. I was still on Allegra at the time. I was about 3 years into immunotherapy and a year on Xolair shots.

Now, I've had to go off of Allegra several times over the years, like prior to allergy testing. Every time, I had about a week of the intense itching. The itching gradually disappated though so it wasn't as bad once I got past that initial itching spell.
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