Leukotriene inhibitors are a drug that not only relieves allergies, but it also prevents asthma attacks by reducing congestion in your nose. When the congestion in your nose is reduced, it prevents sneezing, itching and eye allergies. This happens when the drug prevents leukotriene, which is a chemical that causes your nasal passages to swell and make mucus.
Leukotriene inhibitors are available in granules, tablets, or chewable tablets. The leukotriene inhibitors work by blocking leukotriene, which is what causes the congestion and inflammation that are associated with allergies. Leukotriene Inhibitors are typically seen as a second option for treating allergies and asthma.
Side effects from this medicine are: headache, earache, sore throat, nervousness, nausea, and nasal congestion. Some patients even experience flu-like symptoms. The most common side effect is the change in mood, nervousness, or suicidal thoughts.
The risks of using a leukotriene inhibitor are very low and tend to be very safe. The most dangerous risk for these is the change in mood and possible suicidal thoughts. You should discuss this with your allergist before beginning treatment.
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