Generic Name(s): zafirlukast
Drug Class: Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists
Accolate is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as leukotriene receptor antagonists. It is used in treatment of asthma symptoms. It can also help improve lung function.
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Accolate helps in relieving symptoms of chronic asthma, a disease that causes inflammation in lungs. Accolate also helps prevent exercise-induced asthma. Patients may be administered with Accolate to prevent breathing difficulties experienced during exercises among people suffering from asthma. Accolate will prevent inflammation by blocking the substances that cause airways to swell and tighten. Leukotrienes may be released within the body in the event of an allergy reaction, and they promote inflammation in diseases such as asthma. Leukotrienes are chemicals synthesized from arachidonic acid. Accolate works by blocking action of natural substances like leukotrienes that cause swelling and tightening of airways. The medication may not be used to treat sudden or acute attacks of asthma, and a doctor may prescribe a short acting inhaler drug in such attacks. Below you will find the uses of Accolate.
Dosage of Accolate depends on the individual and condition being treated. It is important to take medication precisely as your doctor prescribes it. You should take Accolate on empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. You should try to take Accolate at the same time every day. Below you will find a typical dosage of Accolate.
- Children aged 5 to 11: 10 mg, taken twice daily
- Individuals 12 years and older: 20 mg, taken twice daily
Accolate Side Effects
Like any drug, Accolate may cause side effects. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor immediately. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Accolate. Note that this list does not include all possible side effects.
- Loss of strength
- Muscle discomfort
- Stomach upset
If you experience the following, contact your doctor immediately:
Like any drug, Accolate may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult your doctor before taking any medication, including over the counter drugs. Some medications may affect the removal of Accolate in body which affects how the drug works. Medications such as macrolide antibiotics can slow the excretion of other drugs in body. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with Accolate. Note that not all possible interactions are listed here.