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Brand Names: Gastrocrom

Generic Name: cromolyn sodium (oral) (Pronunciation: KRO moe lin SOE dee um)

What is cromolyn sodium oral (Gastrocrom)?

Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Cromolyn sodium oral is used to treat the symptoms of a condition called mastocytosis, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, stomach pain, itchy skin, and flushing (warmth or redness under the skin).

Cromolyn sodium oral may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium oral (Gastrocrom)?

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 any of these serious side effects:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • swelling of your tongue;
  • trouble swallowing; or
  • tight feeling in the chest.

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 oral (Gastrocrom)?

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

Before you take cromolyn sodium oral, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.

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

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.

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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