Montelukast’s serious side effects have been reported in the media for years, with families devastated. How many people have to share their horrifying stories before the TGA agrees to warn of the potential for them? Sign and share the petition to insist Australian consumers are adequately warned about the potential mental health side effects of this drug.


Channel Seven News Australia – Neuropsychiatric Side Effects of Montelukast (Singulair) – February 2024

7 News, 16/2/2024

Concerns raised over common asthma drug

SBS News, 17/1/2024

Montekulast use sparks suicide concerns

Chloe Hava, Australian Pharmacist, 24/1/2024

Concerns raised over common asthma drug

SBS News, 17/1/2024

Does montelukast need a warning label?

Dr Alisha Dorrigan, News GP, 15/1/2024

TGA Monitors Neuropsychiatric Risks in Children Using Asthma Drug Montelukast

Geeta Pillai, BNN Breaking, 15/1/2024

My five-year-old tried to kill himself after taking a popular asthma medication linked to depression and violent behaviour in Aussie children and toddlers

Charlotte Karp, Daily Mail Australia, 11/1/2024

Harrison attempted suicide when he was five. Why this asthma drug was linked

Angus Thomson and Aisha Dow, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10/1/2024

Merck accused of downplaying severe mental health effects of its children’s asthma drug Singulair which has been linked to dozens of SUICIDES — yet 9m Americans are prescribed it each year

Cassidy Morrison, Daily Mail Australia, 27/6/2023

Asthma medication warning needed to help keep kids safe

The Sydney Morning Herald, Jocelyn Suiter, 30 September 2021

Mum of teen who took her own life calls for stronger warnings on asthma drug

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 14 March 2020

Parents demand warning labels on popular asthma medication Singulair

7 News, 21 November 2019

A warning over asthma medication, linked to psychotic episodes in children

Today Tonight, 9 October 2019

Singulair and Montelukast asthma medication, linked to psychotic episodes in children, to be sold with warnings

ABC News, Sophie Scott and Meredith Griffiths, 13 July 2018

TGA calls on drug company to add warnings over children’s asthma drug

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 13 July 2018

Interview between Nadia Mitsopoulos and Vanessa Sellick – Outcomes of Minister Hunt’s Urgent Review of Montelukast (Singulair)

ABC Radio Focus, 13 July 2018

Popular asthma drug linked to death in Australia

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 3 July 2018

‘It’s making changes in children’s brains’: Parents warn of long-term effects of popular asthma drug Singulair

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 27 February 2018

Queensland woman who tried to take her life while on asthma drug speaks out

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 21 February 2018

‘We feared for our daughter’s life’: NSW doctor joins calls for asthma drug warning

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 14 February 2018

‘There’s no doubt in my mind the asthma medication triggered her spiral’, Leesa Smith, 13 February 2018

Mum of teen who took her own life while on popular asthma drug warns others

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 12 February 2018

Asthma Drug Dangers

Weekend Sunrise, 26 February 2017

A simple label on medication could protect our children

The Herald-Sun, Jocelyn Suiter, 4 January 2017

Parents demand asthma medication Singulair to carry warning labels about suicidal thoughts and other side effects

The Sydney Morning Herald, Esther Han, 28 September 2016

Singulair: Doctors, pharmacists, regulators shift blame over asthma drug side effects warning

ABC News, Meredith Griffiths, 12 September 2016

Beware Singulair Side Effects Mood Swings and Tantrums

Happy Kids Vids, 10 September 2016

Asthma drug side effects: More stories emerge about children taking Singulair

ABC News, Sophie Scott and Meredith Griffiths, 6 September 2016

“Parents are right to be worried about this asthma medication. It made me psychotic 13 years ago.”

Mamamia, Michelle Andrews, 6 September 2016

Singulair, Montelukast: Asthma medication linked to serious psychotic episodes in children

7.30, Sophie Scott and Meredith Griffiths, 5 September 2016

Asthma tablets linked to depression and suicidal thoughts in children as young as FOUR

Daily Mail Australia, Ashleigh Davis, 5 September 2016


Asthma drug under ‘review’ after surge in psychiatric incidents

Kate Bowie, Chemist and Druggist, 7/3/2024

Montelukast: Regulator reviewing asthma drug over concerns about mental health effects

Elisabeth Mahase, British Medical Journal, 5/3/2024

MHRA reviewing safety of asthma drug as Yellow Card reports increase

David Lipanovic, The Pharmaceutical journal, 5/3/2024

‘A healthy kid dies and there has been no change’: parents’ anger over lack of warnings for blockbuster asthma drug

Jon Ungoed-Thomas, The Guardian, 3/3/2024

Safety fears over asthma drug after young children suffer severe side effects

Jon Ungoed-Thomas, The Guardian, 3/3/2024

Asthma drug montelukast under review after children suffer severe side effects

Paul Gallagher, iNews, 3/3/2024

Tragic Loss Spurs Call for Stronger Montelukast Warnings Amid UK Review

Dil Bar Irshad, BNN Breaking, 3/3/2024

Should Prescribers Discuss FDA’s Drug Warnings?

Joe Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy, 27/2/2024

Attorney General James Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Children from Harmful Effects of Asthma and Allergy Drug Singulair

Press Release, Letitia James, New York State Attorney-General, 22/2/2024

Media coverage of New York State Attorney-General Letitia James’ call for action on Singulair/Montelukast

N.Y. Attorney General Urges Stricter Warnings for Asthma Drug, The New York Times.

Can a Common Asthma Medication Affect Mental Health?

Heather Logue, Right as Rain, by UW Medicine, 22/2/2024

FDA downplayed serious possibe side effects of popular asthma drug

Press play with Madeleine Brand, guest Christina Jewett, health reporter from New York Times, 22/1/2024

Feds need to make sure doctors get the word about drug risks

Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board, 20/1/2024

Assessing the Mental Health Impacts of Montelukast: A Closer Look at the Allergy and Asthma Drug Singulair

Ethan Sullivan, Medriva, 19/1/2024

Popular asthma medication Singulair linked to serious mental health concerns for adults and children

Caitlin Beale, Yahoo, 19/1/2024

Asthma Drug Still Being Prescribed to Kids Despite Potential Mental Health Risks

Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 19/1/2024

Singulair’s Boxed Warning Went Ignored. How Do You Know If Your Medications Are Safe?

Korin Miller, verywell health 17/1/2024

FDA inaction despite asthma drug link to suicide

Juta Medical Brief 17/1/2024

Boy, 5, tried to kill himself after taking asthma medication linked to depression and ‘red-eyed demon’ hallucinations

Joe Davies, The Sun, 12/1/2024

Singulair Black Box Warning Did Little to Alert Patients to Potential Side Effects

Respiratory Therapy, 12/1/2024

Doctors advise caution, watchfulness for Singulair side effects

Julia Maruca, Trib Live, 12/1/2024

Concerned about asthma drug’s side effects? Ask a doctor.

UW Medicine Newsroom, 12/1/2024

Childhood asthma drug linked to dozens of suicides and frightening hallucinations of ‘red-eyed demons’ is STILL being prescribed to 12m Americans each year – despite FDA warning in 2020

Luke Andrews, Daily Mail, 11/1/2024

Despite warnings, millions still use asthma meds linked to suicides

WPTV, 10/1/2024

Asthma drug FDA warned about given to millions in 2022: Report

Tyler Wornall, News Nation, 10/1/2024

Commonly prescribed asthma drug, Singulair, linked to mental side effects

Brooke Steinberg, New York Post, 10/1/2024

Wide Prescription of Singulair Continues Despite FDA Warning and Reported Side Effects

Rizwan Shah, BNN Breaking, 9/1/2024

The F.D.A. Warned an Asthma Drug Could Induce Despair. Many Were Never Told.

Christina Jewett and Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 9/1/2024

The F.D.A. Warned an Asthma Drug Could Induce Despair. Many Were Never Told.

Warning: Montelukast Use in RSV Cases Linked to Mental Health Symptoms, Must Be Limited

News Directory 3 (Thailand), 29/10/2023

A son died, his parents tried to sue. How U.S. courts protect Big Pharma

Dan Levine, Robin Respaut, Kristina Cooke, Mike Spector, Benjamin Lesser, Reuters, 26 June 2023

Merck accused of downplaying early evidence of drug’s brain impact

Robin Respaut, Dan Levine, Reuters, 26 June 2023

Dear Doctor, should I heed Singulair depression warnings?

SI live, Jun. 09, 2023

That asthma pill could be behind your mood swings

Anuja Jaiswal, Times of India, May 17, 2023

Asthma medication and suicidal ideation

Medical News Today, 9 May 2023

Doctor warns against risks of long term use of Montelukast; here are the details

Times of India, 11 April 2023

Chris and Ashley’s story: montelukast, child suicide

Making Lemonade with Whit and Kels podcast, March 15, 2023

Asthma Medication and Suicidal Thoughts: Understanding the FDA’s Warning for Singulair

Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, Pharm.D. — By Dorian Smith-Garcia, Jan 13, 2023

Taking Too Many Drugs? You May Be in a ‘Prescription Cascade’

Emma Yasinski, November 28, 2022

Montelukast (Singulair) and Mental Health Warnings

Written by Juhi Modi, Medically reviewed by HaVy Ngo-Hamilton, Pharm.D. | Jul 26, 2022

FDA limits drugs containing montelukast

Taipei Times, 8 December 2021

Drugmaker not required to study long-term mental health impact

Arizona’s Family, 4 November 2021

As the Number of Singulair Lawsuits Increase, NJ Considers Multicounty Litigation

New York Injury Law News, October 11, 2021

Common asthma medicine has more side effects than thought

The Brussels Times, Alan Hope, 12 July 2021

Case: Hallucination & Rashes. Singulair Withdrawal Syndrome. 11 yr old.

Jacelyn Tay, March 28 2021

Popular asthma medication that has significant mental health side effects

Healthy Living Resources, 20 February 2021

Singulair’s dangerous side effects: allergy medicine can cause depression and suicides

News 4, 8 February 2021

Valley family shares concerns about allergy medication ‘Singulair’

ABC15 Arizona, 6 February 2021

Popular Asthma Medicine Linked to Severe Mental Health Side Effects

NBC Miami, Alyssa Hyman, 29 October 2020

HSA reviews asthma drug Singulair over neuropsychiatric episodes, as parents of affected children call for warnings

Today Online, Daryl Choo and Tessa Oh, 28 September 2020

FDA puts ‘black box’ warning on popular asthma medication; teens speak out about side effects

News Nation, Brian Entin, 8 September 2020

Oklahoma mother speaks out about the side effects of common asthma medicine

Fox 23 Investigation, 6 May 2020

Nightmares, hallucinations, depression: side effects of asthma drug prescribed to children for minor coughs and hay fever

South China Morning Post, Kylie Knott, 29 March 2020

Black box warning to be added to popular asthma/allergy medicine

KVUEabc, 11 March 2020

Singulair warning upgraded

On call with Dr Howard Smith, 11 March 2020

FDA issues boxing warning for Singulair

Fox 24, 7 March 2020

Popular asthma medicine will have “black box” warning

Local Memphis, 5 March 2020

Life-saver or life-taker?

Take a break magazine, UK, September 2019

Montelukast withdrawal syndrome

Laura Marotta, Rxisk, 24 June 2019


Why did health chiefs clear the asthma drug that can make children suicidal? MoS investigation reveals yet more evidence of pill’s sinister side-effects

Mail on Sunday, Stephen Adams and Jo Willey, 2 June 2019

Asthma drug drove my son to kill himself: Rugby-playing law student, 21, took his own life after suffering from anxiety and nightmares, his mother says

Mail on Sunday, Stephen Adams, 2 June 2019

Former GP reveals how she tried to kill herself four days after taking controversial asthma drug that sent her ‘loopy-loo’

Daily Mail Australia, Stephen Adams, 26 May 2019

Parents demand that prominent warnings are added to a powerful asthma drug that can trigger suicidal thoughts and night terrors in children 

The Mail on Sunday, Stephen Adams and Laurence Laluyaux, 19 May 2019

Mums call for greater awareness of asthma drug side effects after children suffer night terrors and becoming aggressive

South Wales Argus, 17th May 2019

Children are being left suicidal and aggressive and suffering appalling nightmares by a pill designed to reduce asthma attacks, doctors warn

The Mail on Sunday, Stephen Adams and Laurence Laluyaux, 12 May 2019

Side Effects of Montelukast (generic of Singulair)

Larry Marotta, 11 April 2018

Daytona Fit Mum, 25 March 2017

Raising a Child with Asthma; My Journey of Learning

Singulair and your child

Fox 5 Investigates, 15 May 2013

Parents Fear Singulair is a Prescription For disaster

19 Action News, 7 October 2008

Families Say Merck’s Singulair Changed Their Kids

iTeam, 26 September 2008

Healthbeat – Singulair Study

KOAT, 2 May 2008 miamichl3VRi7shUBgiHM82t_nAedfME&index=13

A life blown to pieces by Singulair

Lawyers and, 18 April 2008

Suicide Linked To Singulair?

CBS, 28 March 2008