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Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for ...

New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 – For the one in six Americans bothered by nasal allergies, new guidelines have been issued to help doctors diagnose and treat their sniffles and sneezes. The recommendations from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation spell out the do's and don'ts for treating what's formally known as "allergic rhinitis," and often called hay fever. "What ...

FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Allergy Drug Singulair

Posted 6 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 2, 2014 – A panel of expert advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted overwhelmingly against moving the allergy drug Singulair from prescription to over-the-counter status. The panel voted 11-to-4 against the sale of the popular medication without a doctor's approval, the Associated Press reported. According to the AP, many on the FDA panel felt there were ...

First Generic Versions of Singulair Approved

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 3 – The first generic versions of Singulair (montelukast sodium) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The product is not meant to treat sudden onset of serious asthma symptoms, the FDA warned, but it does treat asthma and hay fever symptoms by blocking substances in the body called leukotrienes, the agency said Friday in a news release. The FDA said the ...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs for Kids' Asthma Drugs Could Pose Dangers

Posted 27 Mar 2012 by

TUESDAY, March 27 – When health insurers require parents to pay a larger share of the cost of asthma medications for their children, more kids need emergency asthma treatment, suggests new research. For children older than 5, higher out-of-pocket costs results in a small reduction in medication use and greater rates of hospitalization for asthma complications, the study found. "Asthma is the ...

More Children Using Preventive Asthma Drugs: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2011 by

MONDAY, Dec. 5 – About one in three children with asthma is currently using a preventive medication, according to new research. That number is up from about 18 percent of kids during the late 1980s. Preventive asthma medications help control the airway disease before symptoms flare up, and guidelines from the U.S. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recommend their use. "The main ...

Use of Asthma Controller Meds on the Rise Among U.S. Kids

Posted 13 Oct 2011 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 13 – The percentage of children with asthma in the United States who use a prescription "controller" medicine has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, a new federal government report finds. The analysis of data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey showed that the use of controller drugs by these children increased from 29 percent in 1997-1998 to 58 percent in 2007-2008, ...

FDA Approves Redesigned Labels for Some Merck Drugs

Posted 13 Jun 2011 by

    Changes developed under Merck's Label Standardization Project SILVER SPRING, Md., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is announcing the approval of Merck's redesigned drug container labels that include a new standardized format to improve readability and provide better information on product and strength differentiation. (Logo: h ...

Asthma Pills Work as Well as Inhaled Steroids: Study

Posted 4 May 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, May 4 – In a study that compared asthma pills against commonly prescribed inhaled steroids, British researchers found that the oral medications were as effective as the inhaled drugs. The oral medications, known as leukotriene-receptor antagonists, "have shown similar efficacy and cost and better compliance, and should be considered for any patient, not as a last option but as an ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Singulair (montelukast)

Posted 27 Mar 2008 by

[Posted 03/27/2008] FDA informed healthcare professionals and patients of the Agency's investigation of the possible association between the use of Singulair and behavior/mood changes, suicidality (suicidal thinking and behavior) and suicide. Singulair is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used to treat asthma and the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and to prevent exercise-induced asthma. Patients ...

FDA Finds No Link So Far Between Asthma Drugs and Suicide Risk

Posted 14 Jan 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 – An ongoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration safety review of possible suicidal behavior among those taking asthma drugs has found no evidence of a link so far, agency officials said Tuesday. The FDA, which began the review in March 2008, said clinical trial data submitted by the manufacturers of Singulair, Accolate and Zyflo suggest the products are not associated with an ...

New Treatments Improve Control for Severe Asthma

Posted 16 Mar 2009 by

MONDAY, March 16 – Over just one decade, new asthma medications and tools have significantly improved the management of this serious airway disease. When compared to children treated in the mid-'90s, children with severe asthma during 2004 to 2007 were less likely to need oral steroids and rescue inhalers, and their lung function scores were improved, according to a study from National Jewish ...

Study Calls for Greater Scrutiny of 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 24 Nov 2008 by

MONDAY, Nov. 24 – It's called "off-label" prescribing, and it's the common practice of doctors prescribing a drug to treat a disease or condition that's different from the one studied by federal regulators that led to the drug's approval in the first place. Despite the scope of the practice, there's often little evidence that using a drug for an unapproved purpose is always beneficial or safe, a ...

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