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Opticrom Side Effects

Generic Name: cromolyn ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug cromolyn ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Opticrom.

For the Consumer

Applies to cromolyn ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, cromolyn ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Opticrom) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking cromolyn ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

  • Rash or redness around the eyes
  • swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye, redness of the white part of the eye, styes, or other eye irritation not present before therapy

Minor Side Effects

Some cromolyn ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • Burning or stinging of eye (mild and temporary)
Less common or rare:
  • Dryness or puffiness around the eye
  • watering or itching of eye (increased)

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cromolyn ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


The most commonly reported side effect includes eye irritation such as burning/stinging.[Ref]


Uncommon: Conjunctival infection; watery eyes, itchy eyes, dryness around the eye, puffy eyes, eye irritation, styes, swelling of the eyelids, conjunctiva swelling[Ref]

Swelling of the eyelids or the conjunctiva has been reported and is thought to be due to a hypersensitivity to the preservative, benzalkonium chloride.[Ref]


Rare: Immediate hypersensitivity reactions including edema, rash, dyspnea[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Cromolyn Sodium Ophthalmic (cromolyn ophthalmic (sodium cromoglycate ophthalmic))." Akorn Inc, Buffalo Grove, IL.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

It is possible that some side effects of Opticrom may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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