Which medications in the drug class Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists are used in the treatment of Pediatric Allergic Rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists

Montelukast has been approved as monotherapy for allergic rhinitis. It has been shown to be most effective in patients in whom significant congestion is a primary complaint. It has also been shown to work as adjunctive therapy with present second-generation antihistamines to provide greater relief of symptoms than antihistamines alone. It is beneficial in patients with symptoms in whom present antihistamines are not adequate. A study has shown a combination with cetirizine is as effective as an intranasal corticosteroid. Antileukotriene can also be added to the treatment plan in patients receiving antihistamines and intranasal therapy.

Montelukast (Singulair)

Inhibits airway cysteinyl leukotriene receptors. Because these receptors are found throughout the airway, the medication can mediate the effect in the upper and lower airway.


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