NALCROM (Cromolyn)

NALCROM (Cromolyn)

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SANOFI AVENTIS
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What is this medication?

Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn Sodium, Gastrocom/Nasalcrom/Opticrom
Mast cell stabilizer

Indicated for management of food allergy, systemic mastocytosis, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, keratitis, asthma, exercise or allergen induce bronchospasm prophylaxis.

How does this medication work?

The mechanism in which Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn Sodium, Gastrocom/Nasalcrom/Opticrom prevents immediate-onset and delayed-onset asthmatic reactions to allergens or nonimmunological stimuli is not completely known.  It is believed that Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn Sodium, Gastrocom/Nasalcrom/Opticrom stabilizes the membrane of mast cells and prevents them from releasing mediators, such as histamine and leukotrienes.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: 200mg 4 times daily up to 40mg/kg/day

Oral Inhalation: 20mg nebulized 4 times per day (asthma) or as a single dose 30 minutes before exposure (bronchospasm prophylaxis)

How to Take:
Oral: Take orally 15 minutes to 20 minutes before meals and swallow whole.  

Oral Inhalation: Add appropriate amount of solution to nebulizer and top up with saline as needed to minimum fill line of your nebulizer then nebulize over 5-10 minutes. 

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting Sodium Cromoglycate/Cromolyn Sodium, Gastrocom/Nasalcrom/Opticrom make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Prophylactic use of this drug provides no additional benefit during acute reactions.  Furthermore, do not abruptly discontinue therapy to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times.  Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).  Protect from light.  Keep the container tightly closed.  Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication? 

Chest pain, edema, flushing, tachycardia, headache, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, burning sensation, pruritis, skin rash, skin photosensitivity, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, dyspepsia, unpleasant taste, dysuria, urinary frequency, muscle pain.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.