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- For adults and adolescents age 15 and older, montelukast 10 mg once daily
- For children ages 6 to 14 years old, montelukast 5 mg once daily
- For children ages 2 to 5 years old, montelukast 4 mg (either as a chewable tablet or packet of oral granules) once daily
- For young children 6 to 23 months old, one packet of montelukast 4 mg oral granules, taken once daily.
When treating allergies, montelukast can be taken any time of day. If you are using montelukast to treat allergies and asthma, you should take your dose in the evening.
General Information on Montelukast DosingConsiderations for people taking montelukast include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day (in the evening, if used for asthma), although some people take it only before exercising (for treating exercise-induced asthma).
- Montelukast also comes in a chewable tablet and oral granules for use in younger children.
- The oral granules can be given directly in the mouth, dissolved in a teaspoonful of cold or room-temperature baby formula or breast milk, or mixed with a spoonful of cold or room-temperature soft applesauce, strained carrots, rice, or ice cream.
- You can take montelukast with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Montelukast should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Montelukast will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to montelukast or montelukast dosing, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.