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    Default Singulair for asthma side effects

    DD (4) has been super un well for weeks. Amoung other things shes been given 'singulair' an anti-inflammatory for asthma. Shes had a persistent cough which the doctors think is asthma. Well, she been on this 'singulair' for 2 weeks and over the last few days has had a high fever (42 at one point), complaining of sore throat, ears and tummy. Shes been having bad dreams and I sometimes find her crying for no reason (she will just say, im said cos of my cough). After a trip to the hospital last night with no answers I had a brain wave and thought id check the side effects of this 'singulair'. Sure enough, all 4 symptoms are on that list. Theres also depression/suicidal thoughts, flu etc. Now the problem im having is these things stop her cough. She hasn't had one tonight and shes coughing again. Honestly I don't want this drug anywhere near her (I am bipolar so I know depressions are in the genes). But how do we fix the cough.

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    Oh no, how horrible. My 4y/o was on singulair last winter for mild asthma but she didnt experience any of the side effects. No idea what to suggest but hope you find something soon.

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    Im asthmatic and have been since a baby and my dd1 has asthma too. I have never heard of singulair. Its always been salbutamol aka ventolin or asmol. Please go to a different doctor and ask to try salbutamol instead. Hope that helps. Your poor daughter.

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    I understand your concerns about the Singulair, but please see your GP for an alternative. I'm sure you know only too well how serious asthma is, but as a mum who lost her five and a half year old daughter to asthma last year (after being discharged from hospital 24 hours before), I plead with you to make sure the GP prescribes an alternative preventer for your daughter. I don't want any other parents to go through the grief we go through, and will continue to go through every day of our lives.

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    Absolutely don't just stop the singulair without getting advice and alternatives from your GP asap. I have heard about the side effects of singulair. We had a GP that prescribed it a few years ago for DD#2 when we couldn't get into our normal GP and I didn't like the sound of it. Plus we already were dealing with sleep issues and anxiety with her and also what we ow is ADHD and after reading a bit on it I didn't like the thought of it. Luckily I managed to get us fitted in to see our normal GP the next day even though they had no appontments left. He ended up putting her on redipred plus increasing her flixotide (preventative) and then ventolin every 3-4hrs. Our GP was happy with how she is usually and didn't want to change her preventative either.

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    My daughter takes singulair and was great for her asthma she had a persistent cough for months and months, she got an upset stomach when first taking it but no other side effects, sounds like it doesn't agree with your little one maybe see if the dr can give you something else

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    Can I suggest you go and see a respiratory specialist? They will be far more helpful than a gp. My daughter has a chronic cough and has been treated as though its asthma, but it's Persistant Bacterial Bronchitis. And is treated by antibiotics. Your child could also possibly have Haemophilous influenza. But you can only test for that by having a bronchoscopy. Singular is an awesome drug for some and horrible for others. It's really important to see a specialist.

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    Please take a look at the Singulair side effects awareness page I have created. It has a post that will point you in the direction of a Singulair Side Effects Support group (if you are interested). I have two sons that have been affected by Singulair (one suffers suicidal thoughts as a result). Not all children suffer the side effects but if they do, it needs to be taken seriously. Many people don't make the link between their children's behaviours and the medication. My youngest had the long bouts to crying, it is hard to watch them have so little control. I hope this page is helpful, it has Youtube clips, news articles and official government alerts. https://www.facebook.com/montelukastsideeffects


 

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