What is Accolate?
Accolate is a leukotriene inhibitor.
What is Accolate used for?
Accolate is used for treatment of asthma symptoms and to lessen the frequency of asthma attacks in patients, aged 5 years and more.
How does Accolate work?
Accolate interferes with the activity of naturally released substance leukotriene and blocks its mechanism, thereby relieving the patient suffering from the breathing disorder of asthma.
How to use Accolate
As the intensity and frequency of your dose is based on age, response of the body to the treatment, and many other medical factors, it is important to follow the directions given to you by your doctor, who is aware of your medical history and present medical scenario in detail.
Usually, the medicine is taken by mouth two times a day. It should be taken on an empty stomach. It is advisable to take the medicine one or two hours before your meal.
Do not stop other asthma medicines prescribed to you by your doctor while you are on Accolate. Remember to take your Accolate dose at the same time every day.
Accolate warnings and precautions
Discuss about the allergies and other treatments that you are undergoing, with your physician. Let him know about your medical history, especially if you have or had some liver related problem.
As elderly people are more likely to get affected by the side effects of Accolate, it is recommended to take prior medical advice before starting with this medicine.
Accolate does not treat sudden asthma attacks; use your inhaler in such a situation. This is because Accolate is not known to reverse the symptoms of asthma, as it works gradually. Do not start or stop this medicine on your own if you do not see improvement, immediately. It takes some weeks before it starts showing its effects.
What do I do if I have missed a Accolate dose?
If you have missed your Accolate dose you should take it as soon as you recall. Skip through the missed one, if it is time for your second dose.
What do I do if I have taken a Accolate overdose?
If you have taken an Accolate overdose you should seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms like skin rashes and upset stomach notify overdose.
If your doctor knows about your medical background and the drugs that you are on, you will be safe from any interaction.
Specify to your physician if you are already taking medicines like aspirin, Coumadin, Tobutamide like orinase, dilantin and erythromycin.
In case you are allergic to zafirlukast or some specific medicines, or you are taking minerals, herbal products, vitamins and some other drugs prescribed to you by some other doctors, discuss the same with your doctor to avert medical complications that can occur if you take Accolate with other drugs that have a possibility of interaction.
Accolate side effects
If you experience some serious allergic reactions after taking this medicine, it is highly recommended to talk to your doctor. These severe side effects of Accolate include asthma symptoms that tend to stay and start getting bothersome, mood swings or behavior changes, unusual anxiety, skin rashes, easy and frequent bruising, pain, muscle weakness and in some extreme cases, it can result in jaundice.
Accolate has also been found to cause some mild side effects like headache, weakness, fever, and sore throat. These symptoms are less serious and fade away gradually, but in case they persist, consult your doctor.
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