The US Food and Drug Administration gave ten manufacturers approval today to start manufacturing generic versions of the popular asthma and allergy medication Singulair (montelukast sodium). This is big news in my house, which is populated mostly by people nicknamed Sneezy McWheezy.
When I was about six years old, the allergy medication Benadryl went over-the-counter. My mother celebrated by buying a box of those Entenmann’s decorated cupcakes. I think I might do something similar to celebrate Singulair going generic.
Singulair, which is not a fast-acting asthma medication (in other words, not suitable for asthma attacks), can have very serious side effects, notes WebMD Health News.
However, my experience (I’ve taken it and all four of my kids have taken it) is that mostly it makes our asthma seemingly disappear. Singulair was part of the magic solution when I discovered that in fact, I hadn’t been unathletic and out-of-shape all my life, it’s just that my lungs were closing up. (I do also carry an inhaler when I run, and we always keep them handy for the kids.)
In the past, Singulair has always had the highest co-pay for us, and came with the additional annoyance of needing pre-approval from our insurance company. Woo-hoo!
Fortunately, my kids’ asthma has gotten much better as they’ve gotten older, but it’s great to know that when we have the inevitable asthma flares in the winter, we’ll be able to get Singulair on the cheap.
The generic will be available in the tablet form, the chewable tablet form, and the “oral granule form” (also known as “ooh, look, Sweetie! Your applesauce has sprinkles!”).
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