Generic Name: cromolyn sodium (nasal) (KRO mo lin SO dee um)
Brand Name: Nasalcrom
Medically reviewed: August 23, 2016
What is Nasalcrom?
Cromolyn sodium works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Nasalcrom may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to cromolyn sodium.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
Do not use Nasalcrom without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a young child younger than 2 years old without medical advice.
How should I use Nasalcrom?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
This medicine works best if used during allergy season, or at least 1 week before you come into contact with things you are allergic to (pollen, dust, pets, etc).
Nasalcrom is usually given as 1 spray into each nostril every 4 to 6 hours. Do not use this medicine more than 6 times in a 24-hour period.
Use Nasalcrom only during times when you are in contact with things that cause your allergy symptoms. Do not use this medicine for longer than 12 weeks in a row without a doctor's advice.
To use the nasal spray:
Blow your nose gently. Keep your head upright and insert the tip of the bottle into one nostril. Press your other nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in quickly and gently spray the medicine into your nose. Then use the spray in your other nostril.
Do not blow your nose for at least a few minutes after using the nasal spray.
If the spray gets in your eyes or mouth or on your skin, rinse with water.
After using the nasal spray, rinse the tip with hot water or wipe it with a clean tissue and recap. Avoid getting water into the nasal spray tip.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of use, or if symptoms get worse.
Do not share nasal medicine with another person. Sharing a nasal spray bottle can allow infections or disease to pass from one person to another.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle capped when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using Nasalcrom?
Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes.
Nasalcrom side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor if you have:
severe burning, stinging, or irritation in your nose;
nosebleeds, sinus pain, or sores in your nose;
wheezing, tight feeling in your chest; or
fever, green or yellow mucus from the nose.
Common side effects may include sneezing or mild stinging inside your nose after use.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Nasalcrom?
Other drugs may interact with cromolyn sodium, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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