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Montelukast, Levocetrizine

Montelukast and Levocetirizine combination medication may be prescribed for the treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis.

US Brand Name Rid-AR
Generic Name Montelukast, Levocetrizine
Other Brand NameRid-AR, Infinair
Packing1
Manufacturer Cipla, Pfizer
Form Tablet
Strength 10mg + 5mg
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Montelukast

Uses

Montelukast is known as a leukotriene receptor antagonist. Montelukast is prescribed to help prevent asthma attacks or exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.

How it Works

Montelukast works to control the symptoms of asthma by blocking the effects leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are produced by the body when asthma symptoms flare up, this may be caused without or with reason being exercise or pollen exposure. Such instances cause body to produce chemical substances called leukotrienes, which cause the inflammation in the smaller airways of the lungs.The inflammation irritates the muscles around the airways and causes them to constrict, this causes airways to narrow which makes it more difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. This causes the typical symptoms of wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The inflammation also causes the lining of airways to make extra mucus which causes coughing. Thus Montelukast helps in the treatment of these symptoms.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Montelukast may suffer from such side effects;

Nausea,
Vomiting,
Skin rash,
Flu-like symptoms,
Diarrhoea
Stomach pain,
Stomach or intestinal upset,
Heartburn,
Tiredness,
Fever,
Stuffy nose,
Cough,
Flu,
Upper respiratory infection

Levocetirizine

Uses

Levocetirizine is used in the treatment for allergic disorders and its symptoms.

How it Works

Levocetirizine is used known as a non-drowsy antihistamine, it works by blocking histamine receptors and increasing the breakdown of mucus.Levocetirizine works by selectively inhibiting the H1 histamine receptors therefore preventing histamine from acting on its receptors. Levocetirizine helps to alleviate the symptoms caused by hay fever or other allergies (such as a runny nose and watery eyes). Levocetirizine works by reducing the viscosity (thickness) of mucus, allowing for more of it to be removed from the body.

Common Side effects

Patients who take Levocetirizine may suffer from such side effects;

Coughing,
Nosebleeds,
Dry throat or mouth,
Drowsy or tired sensation,
Slight pain that affects the muscles,
Abdominal pain,
Drowsiness,
Fatigue,
Vomiting,
Diarrhoea