WebMD - Dr. Michael Rothschild: “Asthma Drug Helps Kids Avoid Sleep Apnea Surgery?”

New York, NY
 – August 7, 2013  –– 

A new study suggests that a common asthma drug, montelukast or Singulair, may be able to help children with sleep apnea avoid surgery. Study authors are quick to caution that this study is small and it's preliminary. Bigger studies following more children for longer periods of time are needed before this treatment is offered to any kids with sleep apnea. Michael Rothschild, MD, also urges caution in interpreting the new findings. He is the director of pediatric otolaryngology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. It's too early to recommend montelukast for the treatment of sleep apnea in kids. But, "it does make sense," he says. "The drug reduces inflammation in the nose and adenoids." Learn more