Accolate is a prescription only product, and as such should be used with care. Consider the following information on precautions before using it:
- Before you start taking Accolate, inform your doctor if you have experienced allergic reactions to it in the past or if you've had allergic reactions to other leukotriene blockers. Accolate contains inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other medical problems if you are not careful.
- Always discuss your complete medical history with your pharmacist or doctor before you are given a prescription, especially if you've had liver problems.
- Accolate should be used with caution in the elderly as they may be more sensitive to the side effect of the medication and experience headaches, diarrhoea, and nausea.
- Accolate should only be used during pregnancy if you've been specifically directed by your doctor to do so. Discuss all possible risks and benefits with your doctor before using any medication during pregnancy.
- The use of Accolate while breastfeeding is not recommended as the medication passes through breast milk. Always consult your doctor before using any medication while breastfeeding or expressing milk.
- If you suspect drug overdose, contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency room immediately.
- Remember, your medications are prescribed to you to meet your personal medical requirements. Do not share medications with others.
- Your doctor may suggest laboratory and medical tests to be performed from time to time to look out for and prevent side effects.
- To get the most out of Accolate, avoid allergens, irritants, smoking, and other factors that would worsen asthma.
- If you've missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you are sooner to your next dose, skip the missed one and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double your doses to catch up, as this can cause an overdose.
- Store Accolate at room temperature away from light and moisture.
- Do not store medications in the bathroom where they can be easily reached. Often the best way to store medications is in a drawer or cabinet that is out of reach and out of sight from your little ones.
- Do not flush unused or expired drugs down the toilet or sink. Contact your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for advice on how to safely discard of unused medications.
Consider the following information on drug interactions before taking Accolate:
- Do not start, stop, or change your medication dosage without your doctor's consent.
- Inform your doctor of all prescription, non-prescription, and herbal medications you are presently using to avoid drug interaction and negative side effects.
- Medications like macrolide antibiotics, erythromycin, may affect how Accolate works.
- Accolate can affect the benefits and slow down the removal of drugs like theophylline and warfarin.