Should Singulair users stop laughing?



Laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, that may not be true for some patients, including those who are taking Singulair to treat their asthma.

Laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, that may not be true for some patients, including those who are taking Singulair to treat their asthma. Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reactions have found that a bout of the giggles could actually trigger an asthma attack (or worse) for some. Their study was recently published in the medical journal BMJ.

What the research says
These investigators set out to uncover any benefits and harmful effects that were are related to laughter. In order to do so, they collected information from Medline and Embase for reports on the matters. The data from these two sources dated all the way back to 1946, with more recent data in June 2013. Based on their research, the professionals found that a good laugh can reduce anger, depression, stress and anxiety. In fact, there were a number of health benefits to chuckling.

However, the data retrieved from these two reports also showed a dark side to the funnies. Some patients reported suffering asthma attacks, jaw dislocation, headaches, abdominal hernias and cardiac rupture, to name just a handful. So, well laughter isn't all bad, it does have some drawbacks. Researchers also found that individuals who suffer from epilepsy, strokes or multiple sclerosis are likely to experience pathological causes of laughter.

Limited findings
Although these adverse effects of a cheerful giggle are reported as rare, they do exist. In fact, the New York Daily News reported that a 50-year-old woman with a heart condition even died following a fit of laughing. Yet still, authors of the study noted that their findings are limited. For one thing, they only searched the term "laugh," so any results including words like "giggle," "chuckle" or "cackle" did not come up. Still, there's no telling what that may mean. Perhaps the benefits outweigh the risks. If laughter was so dangerous, wouldn't we know by know?

Yet still, if you suffer from asthma attacks, you'll want to make sure you keep your medication on you at all times. Make sure that you don't miss a dose by ordering from a Canadian pharmacy, especially if you have plans to hit up a comedy show or spend time with an old friend. Experience the benefits of laughter without the risks by taking Singulair every day.