Saturday, April 05, 2008

Singulair: Believe the hype!

I hope by now you know me well enough to know that I'm no alarmist. I report, I offer my opinion, but I generally don't freak out over things.

So with the news of Singular and possible suicide ideation, along with other emotional symptoms, I followed the news, but I didn't react much. My kids are so young...is there really any risk or suicide, even of depression, in a six-year-old?

Apparently, there is. We went to the pediatric pulmonologist on Thursday, and she's taking all kids off Singulair over the next month.

Now, this is a woman who is against anti-bacterial hand soaps, who aggressively prescribes inhaled steroids...and someone I tend to think of as reasonable and level-headed.

For her to take B and Oz off of Singulair so abruptly was a bit disconcerting. The office is taking the new - and still unconfirmed - research very seriously. They even sent an email to their patient base about it.

B's been on Singulair since he was 26- or 27-months old, way before his ASD diagnosis. We never considered that the night terrors he suffered might be from Singulair. Nor did we consider that the lack of mirth we've seen in him since September might be related to the drug. There's been so much ELSE going on...Kindergarten, for starters! New friends, my husband's new job and new schedule....MY new job...so much. It would be hard to trace the changes in him back to just the Singulair.

But we'll see. He's got a cough right now - first one since the early fall - so he's on the stuff through May 8.

Ozzy's already off, and all I can say is that I'm HOPING for an improvement in behavior!! He's been on Singulair for as long as I can remember.

Lately, his behavior has been horrible. He's been tuning us out, talking back - he even HIT me yesterday. (He was tired, so I'll cut him some slack...but really, that's unacceptable!)

Maybe there's some small chance that the Singulair is behind that nasty attitude.

Maybe I'm totally dreaming.

1 comment:

Freadom said...

Or maybe it's just normal. My little asthmatic's not on Singulair, and she's got a doozy of an attitude.