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Old 11-03-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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Has anyone else any experience with Singulair for allergies? It appears to be primarily an asthma medicine, but I was prescribed it for my allergies.

If so, how long does it take to "kick-in"?
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:05 PM
 
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For me, it does help some with inflammation in nose and throat. It is not a game changer for me but helped some, but I decided to stay with because of generic price point. I would try it but would consider bailing out if after 90 days you notice no improvement.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:17 PM
 
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For me, it does help some with inflammation in nose and throat. It is not a game changer for me but helped some, but I decided to stay with because of generic price point. I would try it but would consider bailing out if after 90 days you notice no improvement.
In the past, I've gotten a depomedrol shot and taken a Medrol dosepack, but I moved, and the clinic I went to gave me this instead.

How long does it take to notice some change?
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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I think within 7-14 days you should notice improvement. It blocks leuktrienes that is kind of similar to histamine. If the clinic is conservative you might see about some sort of cortisteroid spray or rinse. My ent did put me a budesonide compound solution that I add to a neil med sinus saline rinse. This actually helped out a ton. If your prone to nasal swelling and/or sinus infection it's worth asking about. Washington U. in StL has done a lot of research with this compound. If you google washington university and budesonide it should come up. I think that I saw that one of the spray's is now over the counter. I think it might nasonex and nasacourt??

By the way, the neil med rinse even without the additive really helps a ton if you just use distilled water and heat the bottle in the microwave to a warm but not hot temperature.

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Old 11-03-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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Thanks for the info on how long it takes. I really wish they'd have given me something that was faster acting than 7-14 days!

They also said I should continue with using Benedryl.

I've been hesitant on using my NeilMed right now, as I'm afraid that if I've got any kind of infection, it might push it further up into the sinus cavities.

I've been using Atrovent nasal spray, along with Xclear (saline, xylitol) nasal spray. It helps some, but only for short periods.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I think that I have heard that if you do supersaturated solution with nasal rinse, using two or three salt packets that can help loosen crud from an infection or bad cold so it will actually come out of your nose instead of going up your nose after you finish the rinse.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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Neither Singulair, Benedryl, Zyrtec, Allegra or Clarinex worked for me. I use Astelin nasal spray at the first sign of sneezing and congestion. Works like a charm for me but tastes disgusting when it slides down your throat.
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