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.

Australia

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-12235147/Merck-downplayed-severe-psychological-effects-blockbuster-childrens-asthma-drug.html#comments

Asthma medication warning needed to help keep kids safe

The Sydney Morning Herald, Jocelyn Suiter, 30 September 2021

https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/asthma-medication-warning-needed-to-help-keep-kids-safe-20210916-p58s83.html

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

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 14 March 2020

https://www.9news.com.au/national/singulair-montelukast-calls-for-stronger-warnings-on-asthma-drug/da47b0d4-86b7-47c4-b76a-bf7e9e48f5ca

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-13/warning-for-asthma-drug-linked-to-psychotic-episodes-in-kids/9985594

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

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 13 July 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/national/tga-children-asthma-drug-suicides-improve-warnings/45af5dbe-aac4-4df0-988f-ad5be4367e97

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

ABC Radio Focus, 13 July 2018

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1820968627988828

Popular asthma drug linked to death in Australia

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 3 July 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/national/popular-asthma-drug-linked-to-death-in-australia/a70ec9c4-8c4a-4772-bdfd-aa97ac9e658d

‘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

https://www.9news.com.au/national/parents-warn-of-long-term-effects-of-popular-asthma-drug-singulair/740719ae-1e18-4370-b0b6-8b1288f5b91b

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

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 21 February 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-woman-who-tried-to-take-her-life-while-on-popular-asthma-drug-speaks-out/98ef63fe-b1f3-44c5-b624-b9fa8fe273a5

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

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 14 February 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-doctor-joins-calls-for-asthma-drug-warning/99a58c11-cc1f-45d8-a098-4da75a34fc64

‘There’s no doubt in my mind the asthma medication triggered her spiral’

News.com.au, Leesa Smith, 13 February 2018

https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/theres-no-doubt-in-my-mind-the-asthma-medication-triggered-her-spiral/news-story/4c420215345ef8b3d3747ca725a24ff0

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

Channel 9 News, Emily McPherson, 12 February 2018

https://www.9news.com.au/national/mum-of-teen-who-took-her-own-life-while-on-popular-asthma-drug-warns-others/4e9bedbb-575d-4d55-9102-6d9ae728ef38

Asthma Drug Dangers

Weekend Sunrise, 26 February 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AbYu0OCV5s&list=PLpthRIchl3VRi7shUBgiHM82t_nAedfME&index=8

A simple label on medication could protect our children

The Herald-Sun, Jocelyn Suiter, 4 January 2017

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/jocelyn-suiter-a-simple-label-on-medication-could-protect-our-children/news-story/245e0a8188715d31817d530429987178

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

https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/parents-demand-asthma-medication-singulair-to-carry-warning-labels-about-suicidal-thoughts-and-other-side-effects-20160928-grq0vp.html

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

ABC News, Meredith Griffiths, 12 September 2016

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/singulair-montelukast-side-effect-warning-dispute/7833068

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 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-06/more-stories-emerge-of-psychiatric-side-effects-of-singulair/7818670

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

Mamamia, Michelle Andrews, 6 September 2016

https://www.mamamia.com.au/singulair-personal-story/

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

7.30, Sophie Scott and Meredith Griffiths, 5 September 2016 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-05/asthma-tablet-linked-to-serious-psychotic-episodes-in-children/7795474

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

Daily Mail Australia, Ashleigh Davis, 5 September 2016

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3774560/Asthma-tablets-linked-depression-suicidal-thoughts-children-young-FOUR.html

International

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

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lawsuits-merck-singulair/

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

Robin Respaut, Dan Levine, Reuters, 26 June 2023

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/merck-accused-downplaying-early-evidence-drugs-brain-impact-2023-06-26/

Dear Doctor, should I heed Singulair depression warnings?

SI live, Jun. 09, 2023

https://www.silive.com/advice/2023/06/dear-doctor-should-i-heed-singulair-depression-warnings.html

That asthma pill could be behind your mood swings

Anuja Jaiswal, Times of India, May 17, 2023

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/that-asthma-pill-could-be-behind-your-mood-swings/articleshow/100288587.cms?from=mdr

Asthma medication and suicidal ideation

Medical News Today, 9 May 2023

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/asthma-medication-suicidal-ideation

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

Times of India, 11 April 2023

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/doctor-warns-against-risks-of-long-term-use-of-montelukast-here-are-the-details/articleshow/99399951.cms?from=mdr

Chris and Ashley’s story: montelukast, child suicide

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

https://www.makinglemonadewithwhitkels.com/episodes/depadfi5tdxm1445fu2we71p8ktv7d

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

https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma/asthma-medication-suicidal-thoughts

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

Emma Yasinski, November 28, 2022

https://medshadow.org/taking-too-many-drugs-you-may-be-in-a-prescription-cascade/

Montelukast (Singulair) and Mental Health Warnings

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

https://www.buzzrx.com/blog/montelukast-singulair-and-mental-health-warnings

FDA limits drugs containing montelukast

Taipei Times, 8 December 2021

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2021/12/08/2003769221

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

https://www.brusselstimes.com/177114/common-asthma-medicine-has-more-side-effects-than-thought

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

Jacelyn Tay, March 28 2021

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1869434543245902

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

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/popular-asthma-medicine-being-linked-to-severe-mental-health-side-effects/2313966/

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

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/hsa-reviews-asthma-drug-linked-neuropsychiatric-episodes-parents-affected-children-urge

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

News Nation, Brian Entin, 8 September 2020

https://www.newsnationnow.com/health/fda-puts-black-box-warning-on-popular-asthma-medication-teens-speak-out-about-side-effects/

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

Fox 23 Investigation, 6 May 2020

https://www.fox23.com/news/local/oklahoma-mother-speaks-out-about-side-effects-common-asthma-medicine/PGBXGRIMK5CKLFHOOOLUYENP3Y/

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

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3077214/nightmares-hallucinations-depression-side-effects-asthma

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

KVUEabc, 11 March 2020

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/investigations/medical-device-dangers/black-box-warning-to-be-added-to-popular-asthma-allergy-medicine/269-9e628e58-aa73-404f-9627-87be3eae8489

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

https://www.localmemphis.com/video/news/health/health-alert/black-box-warning-singulair-montelukast-fda/522-8c337727-8563-4c0c-8301-b3516ac45fa9

Life-saver or life-taker?

Take a break magazine, UK, September 2019

https://ia801404.us.archive.org/27/items/take-a-break-magazine-september-2019-1/Take%20a%20break%20magazine%20September%202019%201.jpg

https://ia802502.us.archive.org/16/items/take-a-break-magazine-september-2019-2/Take%20a%20break%20magazine%20September%202019%202.jpg

Montelukast withdrawal syndrome

Laura Marotta, Rxisk, 24 June 2019

rxisk./montelukast-withdrawal-syndrome/

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7119153/MoS-investigation-reveals-evidence-montelukasts-sinister-effects.html

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7095063/Rugby-playing-law-student-21-took-life-suffering-anxiety-asthma-drug.html

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7070561/Dr-Donna-Lockhart-reveals-tried-killed-taking-montelukast.html

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7045499/amp/Parents-demand-prominent-warnings-asthma-drug-trigger-suicidal-thoughts-children.html?ico=amp_articleRelated_with_images

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

South Wales Argus, 17th May 2019

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17646643.mums-call-greater-awareness-asthma-drug-side-effects-children-suffer-night-terrors-becoming-aggressive/

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7019285/amp/Children-left-suicidal-suffering-nightmares-asthma-pill-doctors-warn.html?ico=amp_articleRelated_with_images

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqjyT0x4HQY&list=PLpthRInbc miamichl3VRi7shUBgiHM82t_nAedfME&index=13

A life blown to pieces by Singulair

Lawyers and Settlements.com, 18 April 2008

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/legal-news/singulair/singulair-depressed-anxious-10453.html

Suicide Linked To Singulair?

CBS, 28 March 2008