cromolyn sodium (inhalation) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using cromolyn sodium inhalation (Intal, Intal Inhaler)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn sodium.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using cromolyn sodium inhalation, tell your doctor if you have:
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cromolyn sodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use cromolyn sodium inhalation (Intal, Intal Inhaler)?
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
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.
Cromolyn sodium inhalation is given using a nebulizer or with a metered-dose inhaler. You will inhale the medication through a face mask or mouth piece. Do not swallow this medicine.
To prevent bronchial asthma attacks, cromolyn sodium inhalation is usually given 4 times daily. If you are using cromolyn sodium inhalation to prevent asthma caused by exercise, air pollutants, or exposure to chemicals, use the medicine 10 to 15 minutes (but not more than 1 hour) before exercising or exposure. Follow your doctor's instructions about your individual dosing schedule.
The instructions below are for standard use of the inhaler and nebulizer devices. Your doctor may want you to use your device differently. Be sure you understand all instructions that are specific to your use of this medication.
To use cromolyn sodium with a metered-dose inhaler:
To use cromolyn sodium inhalation solution with a nebulizer:
It may take up to 4 weeks of using cromolyn sodium before you get the full effect. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse.
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.
Asthma is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications. Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing asthma attacks.
If you also use a steroid medication, do not stop using the steroid suddenly or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk with your doctor about using less and less of the steroid before stopping completely.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the inhaler canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture an inhaler canister.
Keep track of the number of sprays you have used and throw away the canister after 112 sprays if you use the 8.1-gram inhaler, or 200 sprays if you use the 14.2-gram inhaler, even if it feels like there is still medicine in the canister.
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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