Gastrocrom Side Effects
Generic Name: cromolyn
Note: This document contains side effect information about cromolyn. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Gastrocrom.
For the Consumer
Applies to cromolyn: inhalation aerosol liquid, inhalation aerosol powder, inhalation capsule, inhalation solution
Other dosage forms:
Along with its needed effects, cromolyn (the active ingredient contained in Gastrocrom) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking cromolyn:Rare
- Difficulty in swallowing
- increased wheezing or difficulty in breathing
- itching of skin
- low blood pressure
- shortness of breath
- swelling of face, lips, or eyelids
- tightness in chest
Some side effects of cromolyn may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- throat irritation or dryness
If you are using the cromolyn inhalation aerosol, you may notice an unpleasant taste. This may be expected and will go away when you stop using the medicine.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to cromolyn: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol with adapter, inhalation solution, nasal spray, oral capsule, oral solution
Adverse reactions following use of this drug are rare; headache and diarrhea have been reported following oral use, while cough, nasal congestion, sneezing and wheezing have been reported with oral inhalation.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Pharyngitis, dyspnea, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, wheezing, nasal itching, nose bleed, nose burning
Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm, pulmonary infiltrates with eosinophilia, hoarseness[Ref]
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Abdominal pain, nausea,
Frequency not reported: Diarrhea, constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, glossitis, stomatitis, vomiting, dysphagia, oesophagospasm, unpleasant taste, stomachache, mild throat irritation
Postmarketing reports: Swollen parotid gland[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Abnormal hepatic function test[Ref]
Postmarketing reports: Lacrimation[Ref]
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2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
4. "Product Information. Gastrocrom (cromolyn (sodium cromoglycate))." Celltech Pharmaceuticals Inc, Rochester, NY.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.
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