Montelukast – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Montelukast is used in the management of asthma.

When taken regularly, this medicine helps to prevent the chest tightness, wheezing and breathlessness that is common in asthma. It may also be used to prevent breathlessness that is triggered by exercise or physical exertion.

Montelukast is meant to be taken long-term. It is not meant for fast relief during acute asthma attacks.

This medicine can also be used to relieve symptoms of cold and allergy, such as runny nose, itch, watery eyes and sneezing.


How do I take this medicine?

Take Montelukast exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day. It is best taken in the evening for asthma patients.

Montelukast is also available as oral granules. If you are taking the granules, it should be taken directly in the mouth or mixed with a spoonful of cold or room temperature soft foods such as applesauce, carrots, rice or ice cream. You may also dissolve this medicine in a spoonful of cold or room temperature baby formula or breast milk. Do not dissolve the granules in any other liquid.

Montelukast must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.


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