I have had allergies since I was in teenager. I have taken just about every allergy medication on the market and most prescriptions for allergies. I also have asthma and have to carry an inhaler with me for instant attacks which occur when I get around certain chemicals and cigarette smoke. A year and a half ago I started having trouble with my glands swelling. I was referred to an ENT who then referred me to a specialist at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. I ended up having surgery on my parotid glands and I felt fine for about 3-4 months. Then the symptoms all started coming back. I was miserable and went to my regular clinic's urgent care. The doctor put me on Singular in addition to another allergy medication and also put me back on Flonase. My doctor informed me that Singular was for both asthma and allergies and that I should start feeling better in a day or two. The active ingredient in Singular is montelukast sodium. It works by blocking leukotriene receptors, which shuts off the chemical signal that causes allergy reactions and symptoms. Singular comes with a few side effects that you may or may not have. However, it is important to know what the symptoms are. Side effects that may be caused from taking Singular are stomach pain, heartburn, fatigue, fever, stuffy nose, cough, flu, dizziness, headache and rash. Some other symptoms that are also possible are increased bleeding, drowsiness, diarrhea, swelling, irregular heartbeat and joint pain are less common symptoms. I have been taking Singular now for several weeks. I do feel tired, but that is pretty much a regular thing for me as I work full time and also have Fibromyalgia and arthritis. Singular has been working very well for me and I do not experience my parotid glands swelling when I take this medication. Nothing else has worked, so I am thankful that I found a doctor when decided to take a chance on this to see if it worked. I would much rather take a medication than have to go through surgery 1-2 times a year. Singular also helps keep my airways open and reduces the amount of asthma attacks I have. Overall, this medication has been a very good one for me and I do recommend it if you are having severe allergy problems and also have asthma.
Greenwell Springs, LA