Singulair and its link to Neuropsychiatric Events

Posted by James GeorgeJun 21, 20210 Comments

Singulair, or montelukast, is a medication that helps millions of people each year to breathe easier. It helps prevent symptoms of asthma, such as chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. It helps those who have difficulty with asthma brought on by exercise and allergies.

Approved by the FDA in 1998, Singulair is manufactured by Merck % Co. Inc. It interferes with the production if inflammatory elements, which is what makes it so effective for helping people who suffer from asthma brought on by allergies and illness. The body releases leukotrienes when someone comes into contact with an allergen or an irritant in the air. Leukotrienes cause the body to react by tightening the airways of an individual and producing mucus. Montelukast works by blocking leukotrienes to help an individual gain control over allergies and asthma-like symptoms.

Singulair or montelukast is taken in tablet form. It is used by adults and children ages 6 years and older. It can be taken with food, or without, and typically does not result in an upset stomach if taken either way. Those who take Singulair are recommended to take it at night before they go to bed. It is a once per day dosage. If used to help with asthma triggered by exercise, it is recommended that an individual take it two hours prior to their exercise routine.

Typical Side Effects of Singulair

Singulair is not widely known for causing serious side effects. Typically, side effects for Montelukast are mild, if any. Some of those mild side effects are, but are not limited to:

  • body pain
  • fatigue
  • indigestion
  • dizziness
  • rash
  • abnormal liver enzymes
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Pharyngitis (sore throat)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Otitis media (ear inflammation or infection)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Diarrhea

Singulair and its link to mental problems

The FDA required Merck to place a black box warning on its label. The reason is that Montelukast attributes to mental problems and disorders. There have been numerous reports of neuropsychiatric events. Many are unaware of the risks. There are serious side effects, which include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hostility
  • Attention problems
  • Bad or vivid dreams
  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Stuttering
  • Obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • Restlessness
  • Disorientation
  • Feeling anxious
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability 
  • Sleep walking
  • Tremor
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements

As you can see, these side effects can cause a lot of problems for someone. Hostile actions and trouble sleeping can wreak havoc on someone's life in a big way. Depression and suicidal thoughts can lead to someone taking their life. Their behavior can also become erratic, and they may act aggressively in situations where they normally would not. No one who is taking Singulair or Montelukast would anticipate having these side effects.

Recoverable Losses in a Singulair Lawsuit

Every case is different. However, typical losses that can be recovered from defective medical products are:

  • Medical Care Coverage
  • Inpatient care
  • Surgery
  • Follow-up care
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Other treatment-related expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

You shouldn't have to suffer after taking Singulair

Many patients use Singulair to treat breathing issues. For most, it helps them live a normal and active life. However, for some people it causes them to have suicidal thoughts and act aggressively.

Let Us Review Your Case for Free

If you developed suicidal thoughts after taking Singulair, the team from The Law Offices of Betz and Baril can take legal action on your behalf. We pursue compensation for you, building a strong case on your behalf.

We handle all Singulair cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won't owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.

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