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Generic Name: cromolyn sodium nasal (KROE moe lin)
Brand Names: Nasalcrom

What is Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Cromolyn sodium is an antiallergic medication. It stops the actions of cells in the body that cause inflammation in response to allergens.

Cromolyn sodium nasal is used to treat the nasal symptoms of allergies.

Cromolyn sodium nasal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Do not use more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Too much may cause serious side effects.

Use cromolyn sodium nasal on a regular basis for best results. It may take several weeks to get the maximum effect of this medication.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. You may need a lower dose or special monitoring during therapy with cromolyn sodium nasal.

Cromolyn sodium nasal is in the FDA pregnancy B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use cromolyn sodium nasal without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether cromolyn sodium nasal passes into breast milk. Do not use cromolyn sodium nasal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Cromolyn sodium nasal is not approved for use in children younger than 6 years of age.

How should I use Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Use cromolyn sodium nasal spray exactly as directed by your doctor. Read the information insert included with your inhaler. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Shake the inhaler well before each dose.

If your nose is congested, try to clear it before using your inhaler to be sure that the medicine gets into your nasal passages. If you are also using a decongestant, use it before using cromolyn sodium nasal to open up your nasal passages. However, do not use a decongestant spray unless your doctor approves.

Do not use more of this medication than prescribed for you. It may take a few weeks to see the effects of cromolyn sodium nasal. Never use more than six sprays in each nostril in 1 day. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Store cromolyn sodium nasal at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur. Call an emergency room or poison control center near you if you think an overdose has occurred.

What should I avoid while using Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Avoid items or activities that you know are allergens for you if they make your symptoms worse. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may aggravate your condition.

Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal) side effects

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use cromolyn sodium nasal and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • stinging or burning of the nose,

  • headache,

  • bad taste,

  • runny nose or postnasal drip, or

  • a rash.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium nasal)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor about any other drugs you are taking. Other oral or inhaled steroids may increase the chance of side effects or overdose.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with cromolyn sodium nasal. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about cromolyn sodium nasal written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Cromolyn sodium nasal is available over the counter under the brand name Nasalcrom. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Nasalcrom 13 mL--(5.2 mg per spray, 100 sprays)

  • Nasalcrom 26 mL--(5.2 mg per spray, 200 sprays)

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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