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Accolate (Zafirlukast) is an oral medication in tablet form that helps reduce the restriction of the airways and removes excess mucus in the lungs. As an LTRA, Zafirlukast reduces inflammation in the lungs and can be used along with an inhaler.
This medication is taken orally twice a day about 1-2 hours before food. A typical dose ranges from 10 to 20 mg and dose can be decided by your doctor based on body weight and age. Therefore, it is important to take the exact dose prescribed by your doctor.
This medication can take time to reach maximum effect and should be used consistently. If you encounter an asthma attack while taking Zafirlukast, your inhaler can be used for quick relief.
For missed doses take Zafirlukast as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, skip it to avoid double dosing and continue your regular schedule.
Not everyone who takes Zafirlukast experiences side effects, however, some side effects can include:
Worsening of the shortness of breath
Tingling or swelling of the hands and or feet
Any sign of infection
While there are many possibilities of side effects, only a small percent of patients using Zafirlukast experience any serious side effects. If side effects do occur, they can range from mild to severe and could be long term or temporary. Be sure to consult your doctor for help managing any side effects that do occur.
Q: How do I store and dispose of this medication?
A: Store the tablets in the container given to you by your pharmacist at room temperature. Disposing of this medication should be done if there are any unused tablets after 6 months or if the expiry date has passed. Disposing of this medication should be done in a way that avoids direct contact with children or pets. Do not flush the medication down the toilet, and seek out pharmaceutical take-back programs if they are available in your local area.
Q: What Medications Negatively Interact with Zafirlukast?
A: Medication such as: aspirin, blood thinners, tolbutamide, erythromycin, theophylline, carbamazepine, or phenytoin can negatively interact with Zafirlukast. Make sure to advise your doctor of any drugs you currently take before starting a treatment of Zafirlukast.
Q: Can I take Zafirlukast while breast feeding?
A: Zafirlukast should not taken while nursing.
Q: Can I take Zafirlukast while pregnant?
A: This medication could be used during pregnancy, however, it would be best to have your doctor decide if this medication is the best fit.
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