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Zileutron (Leutrol) Drug for Asthma: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Zileutron
(Leutrol, United States and Canada)

More drugs used for Asthma.

Use:

Zileutron or Leutrol is used in the treatment of asthma.

How It Works:

Zileutron or Leutrol inhibits lipoxygenase and by blocking this enzyme the production of leukotrienes is reduced. Leukotrienes are the proteins in the body that trigger airway inflammation and broncho constriction.

Side Effects:

Zileutron or Leutrol can cause changes in liver functioning. For this reason, periodic liver function tests are recommended.

Cautions for People:

People with liver disease or who drink large amounts of alcohol are at increased risk of complications.

Drug Interactions:

Because Zileutron or Leutrol is metabolised in the liver, other drugs that also have a hepatic effect will interact with Zileutron or Leutrol - theophylline, terfenadine, warfarin.

Further Reading:

Ann Intern Med 1993;119:1059
Ann Pharmacother 1993;898:14
J Allergy Clin Immunol 1994;94:1046

Added to Virtual Drugstore November 1996.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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