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Marc:
I have a question. I  began allergy shots tow months ago, and doc also started me on Singulair. I don't have asthma. I have been reading some awful side affects of taking Singulair. Is there a REAL reason, why I should be on it? If not, do I need to go off of it slowly or can I just stop taking it, since I haven't been on in long.

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Hi Lori,
  Singulair is not only used in Asthma, but sometimes is of benefit people with allergies also. It has extremely widespread use, and very few people, from my personal experience, have really suffered ill side effects from it. That being said, it does not help everyone, whether from Asthma or from allergies. Is the physician you're seeing a general practitioner, or is the physician an allergist? Also, we were experiencing any side effects from your immunization injections, such as pain or swelling at the injection site? The goal may be to reduce any swelling or inflammation occurring in response to the injections. If this is not the case, ask position what physical was for prescribing this medication. There is no issue whatsoever for just discontinuing the medication. It's nothing to worry about it all.
  Hope this helps you! If you have further questions, please just get right back to me.

Sincerely,

Marc

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Marc Rubin, RPh Asthma Educator

Expertise

I have worked directly with patients as well as caregivers for over 30 years. Have made presentations throughout Illinois educating school nurses as well as the teaching and coaching staff of public schools about asthma, and how they should respond to these students needs. Presented a public education program on asthma through the US Department of Public Health. Specialize in helping guide asthmatic patients to take control of their disease in order to live a near-normal, fully active life.

Experience

Practicing pharmacist for 40 years, specializing in asthma and COPD for 12 years. Developed nationwide education to nurses, teachers and athletic coaches regarding asthma and exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, and closer to home. my daughter has asthma, and my son has exercise induced bronchospasm. In addition, I serve on the boards and committees of a number of asthma organizations: Sports, Exercise and Fitness Committee of AAAAI, Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine Committee of ACAAI, Sports Medicine Committee of the World Allergy Association. Board of Directors of the Chicago Asthma Consortium, Board of Directors of the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, as well as the advisory board of a medical education company, Emmi Solutions. Directly involved in the creation of public education programs for asthma, COPD and diabetes.

Organizations
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Sports Medicine Committee, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / Population Health Committee and Sports Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society. World Allergy Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium / Professional Development Committee, Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation, and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago: Development Committee for AE-C prep class, and presenter.

Publications
AAAAI PowerPoint on the new guidelines for EIB (Exercise Induced Bronchospasm), AAAAI Powerpoint on Asthma in School Setting for Teachers and Coaches, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Transition guide for teens with food allergies or asthma going out of the home to live independantly.

Education/Credentials
BScPharm, RPh, (NAECB Certified asthma educator in 2002), NIPCO Certified Respiratory Care Pharmacist

Past/Present Clients
Emmi Solutions, Chicago Next Level Health, Chicago

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