Singulair Cold Induced Asthma, Asthma Specialist, Preventative Measures, Coincidence, Psych
Thank you for this site and all who posted! My daughter at 6 years was put on 4 mg of singulair for the later half of the winter last year for preventative measures after repeated visits to the doctors for bad colds and coughs resulting in wheezing. They ... more »
Thank you for this site and all who posted! My daughter at 6 years was put on 4 mg of singulair for the later half of the winter last year for preventative measures after repeated visits to the doctors for bad colds and coughs resulting in wheezing. They told me she had "cold induced asthma." My daughter has had no previous asthma or history of, any history of trouble breathing etc. I can honestly say looking back that I didn't notice any glaring difference in her personality last year. I didn't like the idea of putting her on a daily med but I trusted the doc and asthma specialist and was told I could take her off in the spring 07 when the "cold season was over and most threats had passed. This year, at age 7, I was told to start Singulair again a week before school started in August 07 as a prevention med for the upcoming germ/cold school year. The dosage was increased to 5 mg due to her age. Note, she is a tiny, petite girl with not a huge amount of weight gain from prev. year. Let me tell you, September and the begining of October while on this med, my daughter was extremely irritable, down right nasty at times, crying very easily, tantrums, lacked a desire to do her homework and not very focused. In short, this was NOT my daughter. I didn't recognize her and it scared me. I like others who've posted, would try to blame her behavior on outside events or troubles. Anything to try to understand what was going on and explain her behavior. Sadly at first, Singulair didn't occur to me so I just kept battling with her to the point of almost asking for psych. help. Thank goodness I didn't! It was like a light bulb went off in my head as I was about to hand her her singulair one night. I went to the internet, read these posts and saw some of the exact same things being quoted. Coincidence? I think not! I stopped giving her the Singulair it's been 2 weeks now and the results are so dramatic and obvious to me. I had my daughter back! I, like a lot of you was told it was safe! My pharmacist told me that while there were studies on adults with a small % reporting agitation, there have been no studies in children. I find that amazing considering so may children are prescribed it. Last note - report your symptoms to your doctor, even if they don't agree with your findings. It may eventually help others in the future if enough of us report. Thanks to all of you and good luck.