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cromolyn sodium (oral) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking cromolyn sodium oral (Gastrocrom)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take cromolyn sodium oral, 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.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take cromolyn sodium oral (Gastrocrom)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medicine is usually taken four times daily, before meals and at bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.

To use the cromolyn sodium oral solution (liquid), break open the ampule and squeeze the liquid into a glass of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away.

It is important to use cromolyn sodium regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 2 or 3 weeks of taking this medicine.

Store cromolyn sodium at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each ampule in the foil pouch until you are ready to use the medicine.

Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

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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