Which medications in the drug class Leukotriene Modifiers are used in the treatment of Pediatric Asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Leukotriene Modifiers

Knowledge that leukotrienes cause bronchospasm, increased vascular permeability, mucosal edema, and inflammatory cell infiltration has led to the concept of modifying their action by using pharmacologic agents. These are either 5-lipoxygenase inhibitors or leukotriene-receptor antagonists.

Zafirlukast (Accolate)

Zafirlukast is a selective competitive inhibitor of LTD4 and LTE4 receptors.

Montelukast (Singulair)

The last agent introduced in its class, montelukast has the advantages that it is chewable, it has a once-a-day dosing, and it has no significant adverse effects.


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