Montelukast - blue pills

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This might seem silly, but I'm wondering if there is any difference between that Montelukast tablets I was taking (which were orange/brown in colour) and the ones I have that came with my last repeat prescription, which are blue. Both are Montelukast 10mg. I know that different drug companies produce drugs with different packaging but these blue tablets seem to be giving me a side effect. About an hour after taking them I feel strangely disconnected and I think I might even have had short black outs. This feeling reoccured every few minutes and lasted a couple of hours, I've stopped taking for the time being but my asthma is quite bad at the moment.

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  • Posted

    Daryl drugs companies are often using what you call a 'generic' name.

    They are exactly the same composition as say the Montelukast you refer to.

    I also take Montelukast 

    Personally I would make an appointment with the GP who understands your history of Asthma. I doubt if the new packaging/generic name of the   Montelukast is affecting you in the manner you describe.

    sooner you sort this out the better. Hopefully you will gain confidence in this product.



    • Posted

      Thanks for the reply Helen. I decided to continue taking the Montelukast because my Asthma seems suddenly much worse in the last few days and I can't go more than about three hours without Ventolin. I've booked to see a nurse for an Astma review next week. I used to take Flixotide inhaler as a preventative, but I was moved on to Fostair. As far as I can tell Fostair is doing nothing to keep the Asthma at bay, so I will discuss which preventative medicenes are best for me. I took the Montelukast earlier today than usual, early evening rather than late, and although I still had a little wierdness 50 minutes later it didn't last more than a few seconds and didn't reoccur. It may just be that having used Ventolin a lot in the last couple of days, and struggling to last more than a few hours without it I am hyperventilating a bit.
    • Posted

      Hi Daryl. I use Symbicort 160 2x daily, sometimes extra puff when I am in a dusty place. No Ventolin as "they" informed me it was affecting my heart- huh.

       I have had other drugs but this one works well for me. 

    • Posted

      Dear Daryl

      I too use Symbicort twice a day (200/6 dry powd inh 120 dose) and Ventolin 100mcg two puffs twice a day. I also take Montelukast at night.

      November to February are really difficult months for my brittle asthma.

      I have to say no-one has ever mentioned to me that Ventolin may affect my heart. Ventolin and Simbicort are effective drugs in my experience.


    • Posted

      No. they didnt tell me until my heart started uncontrollable racing -  then told me I should not be using the two, just use the Symbicort. Because of this I have to take a heart drug every day now. HUH
    • Posted

      Jay if your heart races as described what drug/s are you now taking , if you do not mind me asking?
    • Posted

      Hi. A lifetime of chronic asthma and drugs. Two years ago my heart played up, they decided I had SVT.=Verapamil. Now they say I have atrial fibrillation, one Amiodarone daily and 160 Symbicort morning and night. I sleep on my sofa as I have to sit up or I wheeze. They tried to give me 320 Symbicort but I refused and am quite controlled. Not in damp weather tho. As I have taken drugs all my life just to breathe I never overdose and do not want to be a guinea pig for new drugs. Look on and find out your interactions and side effects - good luck --- less is better !  

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