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My 7 year old son was diagnosed with asthma when he was about 9 months old. He's only had 1 acute exacerbation since then that was bad enough that we had to go to the ER. He's been fairly well controlled. He used to only have to take asthma meds in the winter time or when he was sick with a cold or bronchitis, but he's been on maintenance meds (Pulmicort inhaler and Singulair) constantly since last December because his asthma was uncontrolled with constant coughing since this time last year. Every time the ped. would try to take him off of them, he'd cough and cough, so she'd put him back on them. Finally she just said to stay on them. We never miss a dose. 2 days ago he ran a low-grade temp and had cold symptoms, the fever and symptoms are gone but the cough is just getting worse. His cough has progressively increased over the weekend. It's dry and hacking, and sometimes sounds like he is having bronchial spasms. We've been using albuterol nebulizer treatments every 4-6 hours for 2 days. It doesn't seem to help at all. I know usually these coughs get worse at night, but when he lays down to go to sleep, he hardly coughs. As soon as he awakens, he starts coughing. The past couple of hours the cough has been really bad. I don't hear any wheezing, and I don't think he's having post-nasal drip. I thought maybe I could add an antihistamine such as Benadryl and see if that helps until we get in to see his doctor tomorrow. Can you take Benadryl with Singulair? I can't find any information about interactions between the two. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am a nurse, but have no experience with pediatrics.

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