Thanks for the reply. My primary did tell me to take it at night because for reasons unknown, it works better for asthma at night, and it doesn't really matter what time you take it for allergies. I was trying to avoid going to an allergist. I take a couple of immunosupressant medications for rheumatoid arthritis so my immune system does not function properly. Allergy testing may be a futile exercise because my immune system would most likely not react appropriately. For example, I had a tb test done about 8 or 9 months ago that included a control (measles, or something like that). My immune system failed to recognize either the tb or measles. Bottom line is if I have to have allergy testing done, I may have to go off my arthritis medications and I'm not willing to do that right now. It takes a very long time for those drugs to start working, and I don't want to have start over. Of course, primary said some allergies are histamine based and some are antibody based. One of these, I forget which, would probably test ok despite the immunosupressant meds. This post sounds like I'm whining--I'm really not. Just explaining the situation. How long before singulair would start working, if it works for my cough at all?
Thanks for your input everyone. It's been almost a week, and singulair has helped my nasal allergies greatly, but hasn't done a whole lot for my cough. I most likely will go see an allergist; I just hate going to new doctors. But I do know from watching my mother (who had severe asthma) that a full blown asthma attack can be very deadly.
Take care everyone,
My mother passed away in 2000, but not from her asthma. She developed interstitial lung disease associated with mixed connective tissue disease (see where I get the AI issues) and her lungs eventually failed her. Just like Robert Goullet (sp) who died (I think) this past weekend. But as I was growing up, she had several asthma attacks--had to go to the ER every time. And spent most of my life coming down off prednisone.