The good news is that my 13 year old son’s asthma has been well controlled since re-starting Singulair. The heat and humidity have changed into mostly flawless fall weather days. The air quality has improved greatly. Things are looking up on the asthma front.
But with the good, there is always bad. Singulair can cause mood problems in teens, although the doctors tell us it is rare. As if teens need any more mood problems!! So while we rejoice that the Singulair has worked, we nervously watch our son for signs and try not to be overly paranoid. Additionally, the last time we tried Singulair, he started having blood pressure issues. We never fully understood what was causing that problem. They thought it might have related to the strep infection he had at the time, as well as anxiety-induced high blood pressure. I made the decision to get rid of the Singulair in case it was the problem. His blood pressure got better. We moved on.
But since he was struggling so much this football season, our new doctor suggested trying it again. My son wanted to try it again. So we did and it has so far been a success. We have monitored his blood pressure at home, when we remember. So we watch for blood pressure problems and moodiness. But at least he can breathe and play football.
I share this not for pity…but to see if anyone I know has any experience with Singulair and their children? Good or bad? It’s so interesting how I used to hate medicine and avoid even Tylenol unless I had to have it. Since having asthma, I have changed my tune and am so grateful for these life-saving drugs and the people who make them. Unfortunately, if we want to breathe, we also have to deal with their scary side effects, not to mention their high costs. But when your kid says, “Mom, can I please take it? It helped so much last time,” you say yes. Because you just want him to be well.