Hi there, I was poorly around the 20th of Sept and had five days of Prednisone and took loads of inhaler for a month afterwards. From the 28th of Sept I started on Montelukast for the first time (having used Fostair and Clenil for a few years).
I was back in for another emergency GP appointment on 2nd Dec as (after trying for five days or so to treat an exacerbation by bringing the inhaler back up to previous levels) I was struggling. That time I had ten days on Prednisone. At that point I thought Montelukast didn't seem to be working, but I did say to the doctor that this time the cough was weird, drier and just a different feeling. I was also less breathless than usual and had a clearer chest at least when seen after the first 5 days of Pred, to the extent that they weren't sure about me needing more (but I did get it and was glad).
Now I'm getting through a new head cold and it's the weirdest feeling ever to have a bit of a cough and it not be out of control. There's no doubt I've had a bit of asthma-y feeling -- some night waking feeling breathless, for example -- but it doesn't feel out of control and the coughing isn't too bad. I've never just had a cold really as an adult and it not get bad without extra medication. It actual feels strange. I'm not certain yet that I'm out of the woods (it could just be that with Montelukast the outbreak will be delayed, as it seemed to be in late Nov/early Dec) but it might be that.
My concern is that I've read various things for how fast Montelukast should work. Some say very fast (so impossible to tell as I was recovering from a bad bout when I started). Some say 12 weeks or so (about right then). Most official-looking information says after 6 weeks if it's not working you shouldn't bother.
If it is true that it has to work in 6 weeks then this miracle head-cold without chest infection is just a coincidence. But can it kick in later, as it seems?
Please say yes, as this would be great news!