In case you haven’t seen it on the news, Drug May be Linked to Suicide Risk will bring you up to speed.
Both of my boys have taken this in the past, and one is currently taking it. Jason had lingering breathing problems after being exposed to cat dander for a prolonged amount of time, so the doctor prescribed it again to try and clear it up. It’s working wonderfully! Josh took it for over a year when he was younger, and he never had any issues with agitation, anger, or suicidal thoughts. This was when it was still only approved for treating asthma symptoms.
Here we have what appears to be an isolated case that so far is only allegedly blaming suicide on the use of Singulair. It will take about nine months to complete an investigation before they can confirm or deny that the boy’s suicide was connected to the use of this medication that works so well for the vast majority of its users. In the meantime, it’s pulling others out of the woodwork with complaints of sleep disturbances, anger issues, and even hallucinations. All of this gives a drug a bad name and scares people.
Here’s a small article from a pediatrician trying to calm such fears: Singulair Side Effects – Hype or Hazard?
Remember, anyone can have a bad reaction to any medication at any time! There may be other contributing factors that don’t necessarily have to include an interaction with another medication. If you are taking Singulair and have concerns because of this publicity, talk with your doctor. If you’ve been taking it for some time with no adverse effects thus far, chances are probably high that you won’t experience them going forward.