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GENERIC NAME(S): ZAFIRLUKAST

Zafirlukast is used to control and prevent symptoms (such as wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma. Controlling symptoms of asthma helps you maintain your normal activities and cuts down on time lost from work or school.

This medication must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, salbutamol) as prescribed.

Indications:

Prophylaxis and chronic treatment of asthma in adults and children 5 years and above.

Contraindications:

Hypersensitivity reactions with zafirlukast.

  • mental/mood changes (such as trouble sleeping, agitation, hallucinationsdepression, thoughts of suicide),
  • signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn’t go away, fever, cough),
  • numbness/tingling of arms/legs, 
  • chest pain
  • coughing up blood,
  • worsening shortness of breath,
  • muscle/joint pain,
  • swelling ankles/feet

Before taking zafirlukast, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, alcohol use.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk.  

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away.

Notes: Do not share this medication with others.

Lab and/or medical tests (such as liver/lung function) should be done while you are taking this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.

Avoid substances that can worsen breathing problems by causing irritation or allergic reaction, such as smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold.

Missed Dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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