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Anyone on Singulair?

 
Wheezy
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I saw on TV today (the Doctors) that prescribed allergy medicines cause weight gain. I had do idea.

I've been taking advair and singulair for 3 years for severe asthma I suddenly developed 3 years ago with a horrible bout of pneumonia.

Anyway, back then I gained 30 lbs in 2 months. I'd never had a weight problem ever in my life! I was always naturally thin and I ate right and exercise. He'll when I had my last kid I came home from the hospital wearing a size 4.

Anyway, I thought it was the Advair causing the weight gain because it is a low dose steroid. Today I started looking at Singulair and weight gain, and I'll be damned if there aren't hundreds of people complaining about this side effect.

Has anyone here experience weight gain from allergy medicine?
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Most of the people reporting the weight gain are also stating that it is usually around their belly.

This is where I gained it and I've never had a belly until now.

[link to www.steadyhealth.com]
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Yes! Your story sounds very similar to mine. I was on Singulair and Advair at the same time. The original diagnosis was allergy-induced asthma that hit me at around age 35 after a terrible bout of bronchitis one spring. I gained 35 pounds in about 4 months, but can't say if it was due directly to the meds or due to the fact that it took me a good 6 months to get over the bronchitis and I wasn't exercising at all during that time (plus I was in my final semester at school, single mom, in the process of having a house built, and moving out of the area - extremely busy and stressed out during that time, and wasn't exercising or really eating properly). I have been off of both for a few years, but unfortunately have not lost the weight that I gained (have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have started treatment for that - my energy levels are up, by my weight has not started dropping yet, although I'm told it will). I personally do not and never did believe I had asthma, so just quit using the meds on my own (not necessarily recommending this). I started on Zyrtec for allergies and have not had nearly as many problems breathing as I did when on the Singulair and Advair. That and I sleep with a humidifier, which I think has done more than any of the meds. Anyway, something happened right about the time I had bronchitis that just totally threw my system for a loop, screwed up my metabolism, robbed what little energy I had, stole all of my brain cells, and tossed me into early menopause. Viral? Drug-induced? Who knows. But, I do believe it was all related.
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Most of the people reporting the weight gain are also stating that it is usually around their belly.

This is where I gained it and I've never had a belly until now.

[link to www.steadyhealth.com]
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That's where all of mine is, too. Interesting.
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I managed to lose 24 of those pounds by eating 1,100 calories a day but when I stop deiting the pounds creep back on.

This is very frustrating.

Did you see some of the weight come off when you stopped the Singulair?
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Here are some more complaints of gaining weight, rash and menstrual weirdness.

I also have an unexplained rash under my arms that persists no matter what and my period will skip for 3-4 months.

I've never had these problems until going on Singulair

[link to www.steadyhealth.com]
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I despise that drug.

I was stupid and did what my stupid pediatrician told me to and put my son on it at age two when he was diagnosed with asthma.
He quit eating, quit sleeping, was terrified of every person...it was horrible. I still am upset with myself that I gave it to him. I looked it up and the list of side effects is incredibly disturbing. Paranoia.....that's why he was terrified when anyone would look at him. Older kids and adults are actually suicidal over it.

Anyway, once I read it and saw that my poor son had every side effect listed I took him off immediately and he was back to normal within a couple of days.

Whenever I hear of someone being prescribed it...especially their children....I warn them. They never listen.
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I despise that drug.

I was stupid and did what my stupid pediatrician told me to and put my son on it at age two when he was diagnosed with asthma.
He quit eating, quit sleeping, was terrified of every person...it was horrible. I still am upset with myself that I gave it to him. I looked it up and the list of side effects is incredibly disturbing. Paranoia.....that's why he was terrified when anyone would look at him. Older kids and adults are actually suicidal over it.

Anyway, once I read it and saw that my poor son had every side effect listed I took him off immediately and he was back to normal within a couple of days.

Whenever I hear of someone being prescribed it...especially their children....I warn them. They never listen.
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Scary stuff. As I am looking up Singulair side effects on the internet I'm seeing a lot of what you said.

That is horrible.

I have complained about many of the side effects that I have found online and my doctor told me there is no way that the Singulair is causing it.

I hope your son is better!
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04/04/2011 11:34 PM
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They never publicize the side effects of any medications or they will hide them in the study data to get it passed.
Its disgraceful how many meds get approved and later are taken off the market and there is lawsuits.
These scumbags know even with the law suit money they are making a killer profit.
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04/04/2011 11:35 PM
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Look at all the Doctors and scientists who have been busted telling lies about drugs and getting paid some have even gone to jail but not many.
Its like the climate change fraud they are all paid to post shill scientists.
This world is fucked truly.
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04/04/2011 11:48 PM
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I despise that drug.

I was stupid and did what my stupid pediatrician told me to and put my son on it at age two when he was diagnosed with asthma.
He quit eating, quit sleeping, was terrified of every person...it was horrible. I still am upset with myself that I gave it to him. I looked it up and the list of side effects is incredibly disturbing. Paranoia.....that's why he was terrified when anyone would look at him. Older kids and adults are actually suicidal over it.

Anyway, once I read it and saw that my poor son had every side effect listed I took him off immediately and he was back to normal within a couple of days.

Whenever I hear of someone being prescribed it...especially their children....I warn them. They never listen.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1255818


Scary stuff. As I am looking up Singulair side effects on the internet I'm seeing a lot of what you said.

That is horrible.

I have complained about many of the side effects that I have found online and my doctor told me there is no way that the Singulair is causing it.

I hope your son is better!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1277150


He is much better, thank you! He is five now and on no medications. He needs Albuterol once, maybe twice a year and it's always illness induced. So we've just worked hard on improving his immune system and keeping him healthy.

My pediatrician said straight to my face "Singulair has no side effects." I actually believe that he thought he was right. I don't believe doctors bother researching the side effects. They are drug reps, period. I had taken him off one inhaled medication because he came down with chicken pox on his 2nd day of it. My mother happened to be reading through the drug literature and it said if they are on it they can NOT be exposed to chicken pox because it could be deadly. Seems like something a dr. would mention to the mother of a 2 year old, you know?! So I told him I wasn't putting my son back on that and he said "Well, we can try Singulair. Singulair has no side effects."
It's not like I ever trusted doctors. I think I was just afraid of my two year old not being able to breathe. Fear. It always does that. But I learned my lesson. I don't put anything into any of us without doing my own research first.
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Anyway, something happened right about the time I had bronchitis that just totally threw my system for a loop, screwed up my metabolism, robbed what little energy I had, stole all of my brain cells, and tossed me into early menopause. Viral? Drug-induced? Who knows. But, I do believe it was all related.
 Quoting: Teri 1328412


Me too. I have never been the same since.

I even had to quit my career of 26 years. Sometimes after 3 years of this shit I'll have a week or two where I almost feel normal and then bang, the next week I'll be extremely ill again. I've been to over 30 doctors and none of them have helped. Before my bout with pneumonia I was always extremely active and energetic.

I hope you get better!
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Find a dr. who knows a lot about hormones, saliva testing and compounded bioidentical hormone therapy. The medications could have messed up your adrenal glands...or your thyroid or done something hormonal...they're all connected.
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wean yourselves off these things
and start with ascorbic acid Bcomplex pantothenic acid
even a shot of brandy

am astmatic and there was no way in hell i would start using these PsOS
and KNOW ASTHMA is no joke but neither is being inhaler dependent
plus the only one thag ever did anything was the old form of alupent which is not available due to the lunatics and their globuLL warming bs--cfc's---
and i would only use it when the wheezing and congestion was extreme--twice a day maximum and never for days on end.

try and get rid of IT through getting your full health back.

check out
www.watercure2.org

and a regime of vitamins as you wean yourselves off these inhalers.
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04/05/2011 01:12 AM
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wean yourselves off these things
and start with ascorbic acid Bcomplex pantothenic acid
even a shot of brandy

am astmatic and there was no way in hell i would start using these PsOS
and KNOW ASTHMA is no joke but neither is being inhaler dependent
plus the only one thag ever did anything was the old form of alupent which is not available due to the lunatics and their globuLL warming bs--cfc's---
and i would only use it when the wheezing and congestion was extreme--twice a day maximum and never for days on end.

try and get rid of IT through getting your full health back.

check out
www.watercure2.org

and a regime of vitamins as you wean yourselves off these inhalers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1169966


Thanks for the link. I bought 2 books.

I drink about 6-8 large glasses of water a night and sleep with a humidifier. I guess I'll have to see what the book is also saying about sea salt.
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Yes, am on it and have been for almost 3 yrs. Have gained weight and had an early menopause@47, but always blamed the weight gain on prednisone i had to take in the hospital. Actually the singulair makes more sense with the weight gain, though, because the weight has crept on over the last two years...long after taking the prednisone. I, too, feel robbed of my energy, but I had been blaming that on the early menopause!
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I despise that drug.

I was stupid and did what my stupid pediatrician told me to and put my son on it at age two when he was diagnosed with asthma.
He quit eating, quit sleeping, was terrified of every person...it was horrible. I still am upset with myself that I gave it to him. I looked it up and the list of side effects is incredibly disturbing. Paranoia.....that's why he was terrified when anyone would look at him. Older kids and adults are actually suicidal over it.

Anyway, once I read it and saw that my poor son had every side effect listed I took him off immediately and he was back to normal within a couple of days.

Whenever I hear of someone being prescribed it...especially their children....I warn them. They never listen.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1255818


And it may be causing kids to be mis-diagnosed as ADHD, Autistic and Tourettes.

[link to www.newsinferno.com]

You would not believe the change in my daughter after taking her off of this. We can all see the difference in her!
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BTW, she was on it for allergies, not asthma. They prescribe the same pill for both sometimes. I realize you might be referring to the inhaler, but the drug is the same.
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Anyway, something happened right about the time I had bronchitis that just totally threw my system for a loop, screwed up my metabolism, robbed what little energy I had, stole all of my brain cells, and tossed me into early menopause. Viral? Drug-induced? Who knows. But, I do believe it was all related.
 Quoting: Teri 1328412


Me too. I have never been the same since.

I even had to quit my career of 26 years. Sometimes after 3 years of this shit I'll have a week or two where I almost feel normal and then bang, the next week I'll be extremely ill again. I've been to over 30 doctors and none of them have helped. Before my bout with pneumonia I was always extremely active and energetic.

I hope you get better!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1277150


(Me again - I finally registered a real name)

I was to the point were I thought I'd have to go on disability. I still only work about 25 hours/week and at times, it was exhausting to do that. The docs kept saying it was "chronic fatigue." Well, that tells you nothing. Doesn't even really give you a diagnosis. I KNEW it had to be something that could be fixed and kept persisting. The synthroid is beginning to work (I've only been on it 3 months), but I'm still not back to what I would consider normal. If you've not had thyroid tests done, I would definitely go do it. I wouldn't doubt if the Singulair didn't effect it.

I know what you mean by feeling normal for a week or two and then sick again. That was pretty much my schedule. One OK week (described as no naps during the day, but still not overly active and not doing anything but going to work), one decent week (I may actually even get some minor house work done), and then a really bad week of sleeping 14 hours/day with a nap or two during the day - yes, I will sleep at work if I need to and I don't give a care if they fire me.
Always figured the bad week was due to overdoing it the week before, you know. It's bad that you have to schedule EVERYTHING you do. At one point, I had to make sure to schedule putting gas in the car because walking inside to pay for it was all the exertion I could muster for one day. School play, couldn't schedule anything else that day. Needed to stop and pick up milk - that was it for the day. Just walking from the car to the school/store/doctor's office was brutal. My dad lives 5 hours away. I have to stop twice and take a one-hour nap on the way down. So, it usually takes 7-8 hours to get there.

But, since I've been on the synthroid, I have more good days than bad days. My memory is much better, my energy level is much better. I seldom take naps now and am only sleeping about 10 hours/night. I've even managed to get a few things done around the house that I've been putting off for a long time - cleaned out a few closets, hung drapes that were bought a year ago, repotted some of my house plants, completely emptied the kitchen and scrubbed out all the cabinets. So, it's getting better.

Prior to getting bronchitis and going on the drugs, I was really active, too. My days started at 4:30 and ended at 11:30 because I was working full time, going to school full time, and commuting about 3 hours per day between places. Either the drugs or whatever caused me to have bronchitis started all of this. I didn't even know I had bronchitis and felt fine. Had been working out, and walked into the YMCA one day to do my work out, and as soon as I stepped into the lobby, I had to step out. My chest closed up and I couldn't breathe. Went to the doc the very next morning and she said I had bronchitis. Don't know what caused it, but it hit fast and furious.
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BTW, she was on it for allergies, not asthma. They prescribe the same pill for both sometimes. I realize you might be referring to the inhaler, but the drug is the same.
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He was on the chewable. Which even had aspartame in it.
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I saw on TV today (the Doctors) that prescribed allergy medicines cause weight gain. I had do idea.

I've been taking advair and singulair for 3 years for severe asthma I suddenly developed 3 years ago with a horrible bout of pneumonia.

Anyway, back then I gained 30 lbs in 2 months. I'd never had a weight problem ever in my life! I was always naturally thin and I ate right and exercise. He'll when I had my last kid I came home from the hospital wearing a size 4.

Anyway, I thought it was the Advair causing the weight gain because it is a low dose steroid. Today I started looking at Singulair and weight gain, and I'll be damned if there aren't hundreds of people complaining about this side effect.

Has anyone here experience weight gain from allergy medicine?
 Quoting: Wheezy 1277150


Lol, typical woman. Blame your fat ass on meds or a "glad problem". Try putting down the sweets and carbs and get to the gym or workout at least three times a week. Seriously, think about how many times your shoving something in your face during the day.

This little experiment is for anyone to try. Next time you're at the mall look at how many women compared to men are eating. Soft pretzels, cina-bons, sodas...you name it.
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I saw on TV today (the Doctors) that prescribed allergy medicines cause weight gain. I had do idea.

I've been taking advair and singulair for 3 years for severe asthma I suddenly developed 3 years ago with a horrible bout of pneumonia.

Anyway, back then I gained 30 lbs in 2 months. I'd never had a weight problem ever in my life! I was always naturally thin and I ate right and exercise. He'll when I had my last kid I came home from the hospital wearing a size 4.

Anyway, I thought it was the Advair causing the weight gain because it is a low dose steroid. Today I started looking at Singulair and weight gain, and I'll be damned if there aren't hundreds of people complaining about this side effect.

Has anyone here experience weight gain from allergy medicine?
 Quoting: Wheezy 1277150


Lol, typical woman. Blame your fat ass on meds or a "glad problem". Try putting down the sweets and carbs and get to the gym or workout at least three times a week. Seriously, think about how many times your shoving something in your face during the day.

This little experiment is for anyone to try. Next time you're at the mall look at how many women compared to men are eating. Soft pretzels, cina-bons, sodas...you name it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1102890


I lost the weight asshole. I only eat 20 grams of carbs a day, I'm allergic to wheat so I don't eat bread or pasta. I also don't eat rice or potatoes.I work out with cardio and do weight training 3-4 times a week.

Before you make yourself look like a bigger asshole, Google Singulair and weight gain.

Fucking asshole.
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ABC news report on side effects (including weight gain) your doctor doesn't want you to know about.

[link to abcnews.go.com]
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This is hectic stuff. I picked up 7 kg in on month. I live on jason Vale green juice and follow a alkaline diet. No bread, dairy, eggs or meat. Still the wneight pile on. Excersize 5 time a week. On Zyrtec and Singular. I am so depressed about my weight. Any replacement for the mds. Please help. Feel like a big fat cow.

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This is hectic stuff. I picked up 7 kg in on month. I live on jason Vale green juice and follow a alkaline diet. No bread, dairy, eggs or meat. Still the wneight pile on. Excersize 5 time a week. On Zyrtec and Singular. I am so depressed about my weight. Any replacement for the mds. Please help. Feel like a big fat cow.

[googlevid]
 Quoting: Petro 25257767


This is hectic stuff. I picked up 7 kg in on month. I live on jason Vale green juice and follow a alkaline diet. No bread, dairy, eggs or meat. Still the wneight pile on. Excersize 5 time a week. On Zyrtec and Singular. I am so depressed about my weight. Any replacement for the mds. Please help. Feel like a big fat cow.

[googlevid]
 Quoting: Petro 25257767


I could have written this myself. I am on a 4 week dose of singulair and zyrtec for a major allergy issue causing vertigo due to the fluid in my ears. I have put on 10 pounds in one week, no sweets, low carb, weights and cardio 3-5 times A week. Please tell me the weight will come off when i am done.
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They put my cousin on that, and he gained 10 pounds in just a couple of months. He was a skinny kid then "poof". All around his waist.

He's off and he's already dropped some of the weight.