On this episode, I discuss montelukast pharmacology
Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist. Leukotrienes play an important role in causing inflammation and smooth muscle contraction in asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Because montelukast blocks the effects of leukotrienes, it can be advantageous to use this medication for allergies and asthma.
It is important to remind patients that montelukast is NOT a substitute for an acute relief medication like albuterol in the management of asthma symptoms.
Montelukast has been reported to cause mood and behavioral changes and it is important to monitor our patients for these rare concerns.