What is the concern about Singulair (montelukast)? Singulair is a major drug in asthma treatment – it is important to review recent developments and put these findings in perspective of overall asthma care for individual patients. Singulair (montelukast) Singulair (manufactured and marketed by Merck and Co.) is a drug of the so-called anti-leukotriene class that is used for control of symptoms of asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) . It was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in asthma in 1998 (its indication was broadened to include treatment of allergic rhinitis in 2003). In the two broad classes of asthma medications -- quick-relief (typically bronchodilators, such as Xopenex or Foradil ) and long-term controllers (typically anti-inflammatory medications such as Azmacort or Medrol ) -- Singulair falls in the latter class. The anti-leukotrienes block the action of several molecules that not only cause inflammation in the breathing tub...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
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One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
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