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My gdoc, who knows I am bipolar and have GAD, and knows I'm treated by a pdoc for those, prescribed me Singulair to take along with my maintenance inhaler and emergency inhaler so that I can run 1 mile every day to try and lose weight, and other exercise. I can't breathe, even after using my emergency inhaler so it's necessary that something be done. But he couldn't up the dose of that med so he gave me Singular.

I read the side effects: "post-marketing surveillanceshowed that the drugs are associated with a possible increase in suicidal behavior and other side effects such as agitation, aggression, anxiousness, dreamabnormalities and hallucinations, depression, irritability, restlessness, and tremor." (per Wikipedia)

Has anyone else with MI taken this drug and been having any of the above side effects? I'll try it and see, but if I start getting mental issues I'm going to stop the drug.

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I've been taking Singulair for several years. I have experienced a few of those side effects (depression, anxiousness, suicidal thoughts, restlessness), but I can't say if they're from the Singulair or just my illness. I don't recall any marked change in psych symptoms coinciding with starting or stopping Singulair (I have stopped and restarted because my asthma is primarily allergy-based and the allergies are primarily seasonal, or at least that's been my justification when I couldn't or didn't want to afford the copay. Mostly these days I take it all the time though.)

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I was a little loopy and emotionally labile for a bit after first taking the drug and also for a week after I tried to stop the drug, but now that I'm on it, it's almost like how did I breathe without it? lol. It's fantastic when combined with an antihistamine, and like you said, maintenance inhaler and rescue inhaler. The only thing that would make it even better is cromolyn sodium, but I can't get my asthma specialist to prescribe it to me. Besides, it has to be used 4-6 times per day. so it'd be kinda inconvenient. But the nasal version of it works wonders for allergies and rhinitis.

I hope this answers your question, and if not, please ask me to be more specific as I'm very tangent-prone. :P

Edit: If you stop this medicine but want to give a medicine in the same class a try, check out Accolate. It's taken twice daily and I think you have to have an empty stomach or something, and it doesn't even work as well as Singulair, but it's at least another option. I had to stop it because it was making me nauseous, but don't let that discourage you from trying to find a solution for your asthma (which I assume is what you're being treated for with it--I'm mostly being treated for allergies but some with asthma with Singulair).

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