Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Intal, Intal Inhaler
Generic Name: cromolyn sodium (inhalation) (Pronunciation: KROE moe lin SOE dee um)
What is cromolyn sodium inhalation (Intal, Intal Inhaler)?
Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Cromolyn sodium inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks in people with bronchial asthma. Cromolyn sodium is also used to prevent bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing) caused by exercise, pollutants in the air, or exposure to certain chemicals.
Cromolyn sodium inhalation may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium inhalation (Intal, Intal Inhaler)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about cromolyn sodium inhalation (Intal, Intal Inhaler)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn sodium.
Do not use cromolyn sodium inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine to treat an asthma attack.
Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your doses or stop using cromolyn sodium inhalation without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly or not using enough medicine can make your condition worse.
Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing asthma attacks.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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