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Cromolyn drops

Pronunciation

Generic Name: cromolyn (KROE-mo-lin)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Cromolyn drops is used for:

Treating certain types of allergy-related eye inflammation.

Cromolyn drops is a mast cell stabilizer. It works by blocking the release of certain substances (histamine) from mast cells, which helps to decrease allergies.

Do NOT use cromolyn drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in cromolyn drops

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using cromolyn drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with cromolyn drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with cromolyn drops. Because little, if any, of cromolyn drops is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if cromolyn drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use cromolyn drops:

Use cromolyn drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with cromolyn drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Cromolyn drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Wash your hands before using cromolyn drops.
  • To use cromolyn drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Do not drop cromolyn drops directly onto the eye; increased irritation may occur.
  • Blink a few times to be sure cromolyn drops covers the entire eye. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using cromolyn drops. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
  • Use cromolyn drops on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Using cromolyn drops at the same time each day will help you remember to use it.
  • If you miss a dose of cromolyn drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Use cromolyn drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose use or more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use cromolyn drops for future eye problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before you use any other medicine in your eye while you are using cromolyn drops.
  • Cromolyn drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 4 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using cromolyn drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if cromolyn drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use cromolyn drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of cromolyn drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild, temporary stinging or burning.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue); new or worsening eye irritation, pain, swelling, or redness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of cromolyn drops:

Store cromolyn drops upright in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep cromolyn drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about cromolyn drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cromolyn drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take cromolyn drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about cromolyn drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to cromolyn drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using cromolyn drops.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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