Montek Lc Tablet manufactured by Sun Pharma— is a combination of two antiallergic drugs such as levocetirizine and montelukast.
- Levocetirizine 5 mg
- Montelukast 10 mg.
Montek LC belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines that can help relieve symptoms such as the runny nose, itching or tearing, sneezing, hives, which are usually associated with seasonal allergies and throughout the year.
The drug blocks the histamine (a natural substance) that the body produces during the time of an allergic reaction and relieves the symptoms of the reaction.
Montelukast is a leukotriene receptor antagonist used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and for the relief of seasonal allergies.
Levocetirizine  is a non-sedating third-generation antihistamine that is indicated for relieving the symptoms of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and the uncomplicated dermal manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria.
Montek LC is available in 2 dosage forms like Tablet and Solution form. You will need to take it orally with or without food.
Montek LC Tablet
Montek LC Mechanism of action
Montek lc tablet performing the following functions:
- Montelukast is a leukotriene antagonist. Blocks the action of another chemical messenger (leukotrienes). This reduces inflammation (swelling) in the respiratory tract and nose and improves symptoms.
- While levocetirizine is a non-sedating third-generation antihistamine, the action blocks a chemical messenger (histamine) responsible for nasal discharge, watery eyes, and sneezing.
Montek LC Side effects
Like any medication, Montek lc can cause some unwanted effects along with its beneficial effects. The common and less serious side effects associated with the use of the Montek lc tablet are:
- Sore throat
- Dry mouth
- Inflammation and redness of the throat and nose and
- It is known that this medicine causes drowsiness.
However, there are some serious side effects that require immediate attention, such as:
- Allergic reactions that may cause itching, swelling of the face or neck, or rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Blurry vision
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Problems related to the kidney, such as difficulty urinating, changes in the usual amount of urine or blood in the urine
- Sudden mood swings such as agitation, aggression, suicidal thoughts.
Precautions Montek LC
Avoid using Montek Lc Tablet if you are
- Hypersensitive to levocetirizine and montelukast present in the Montek LC tablet and its components
- If you have epilepsy
- Renal disease
- In children under six years of age
- Elderly patients
- If you have had an allergy to this medicine in the past.
Pregnancy and Lactation
Montek LC Tablet is safe to use during pregnancy and lactation. Studies in animals have shown little or no adverse effect on the fetus, but there are limited human studies. Talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
Interaction with other drugs
If you use other medications or over the counter medications at the same time, the effects of Montek LC may change. This can increase the risk of side effects or can make your medication not work properly. To avoid interactions with other medications, remember to tell your doctor about all medications and herbal products that you have used regularly, such as:
- Alcohol can increase its effects on the CNS and cause drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.
Dosage of the Montek lc tablet
It is recommended to take one tablet a day with food or immediately after eating. In general, the best time to take Montek Lc is at night, because it could make you sleepy.
The dose also depends on many other factors such as medical history, age, condition severity, body’s reaction after the intake of the first dose, and many other factors. Your pharmacist will adjust the dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Does Montek Lc cause addiction?
No, but it may induce drowsiness, dizziness, and sleep in some cases.
2. Is Montek Lc safe to use during pregnancy?
Some animal studies suggest that it is safe to use but it is always important to follow your doctor’s prescription.
3. What is the use of the Montek LC tablet?
Montek LC is an antiallergic drug and can be used in hay fever, dust allergies, pet allergies, nettle rash.
4. What are the side effects of Montek LC?
The most common side effects of Montek Lc are Abdominal pain, Dry mouth, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Vomiting, Diarrhoea.
5. When should I take my Montek LC tablet?
The usual recommended dose of Montek LC tablet is 1 tablet every day after meal or as directed by your physician.
6. Is Montek LC good for cough?
As such this is not a cough medicine because it is used for allergies but some people have cough symptoms because of allergies like sneezing, throat infection.
7. Is Montair LC an antibiotic?
No, this is a combination medicine of two antiallergic drugs like Montelukast and Levocetirizine. These two medicine work for alleviating allergy symptoms. While antibiotics work against bacteria in the body.
8. Is Montek LC a steroid?
No, this is antiallergic medicine.
9. Can Montek LC be taken empty stomach?
You can take either before or after the food but it is recommended to take after the food to avoid stomach discomfort and other GI problems.
10. Is Montair LC safe?
Yes, generally it is tolerated well and may not cause any side effects but if you have any underlying condition discuss it with your health care provider before using this medicine.
11. Can I drive while taking the Montek LC tablet?
Montek Lc can cause drowsiness and sleep so it is not safe to use during driving operating any machine.
12. Can I consume alcohol while taking this drug?
To be on the safe side it is recommended to avoid the concurrent use of this drug with alcohol as it will alter your alertness. It may worsen the side effects of the medicine. Avoid it.
13. What if I miss the dose of the Montek LC tablet?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember and if it is time for the next dose skip the old one and continue with your old schedule.
14. What to do if an overdose occurs?
If you take more than the prescribed dose it will do more harm than any good so it is important to stick with the prescribed dose. However, if the overdose is suspected consult your GP as soon as possible. The symptoms of overdose are dizziness, restlessness, and confusion. If the symptoms get worsen your doctor will do gastric lavage.