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Dr. Jacquelynne Corey
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Cromolyn Sodium (Overview)

Cromolyn sodium is an asthma agent which is a kind of lung drug.


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What are good alternatives for cromolyn sodium?

What are good alternatives for cromolyn sodium?

Rhinitis or asthma?: For allergic rhinitis good alternatives for cromolyn include the topical antihistamine sprays astelin, astepro, patanase, oral antihistamines like Allegra & Claritin & corticosteroid nasal sprays. For asthma low-dose inhaled corticosteroids like flovent, asmanex & Alvesco (ciclesonide) are excellent. Singulair, a leukotriene receptor antagonist, can also be useful. For a cure see an allergist for immunotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. Jacquelynne Corey
70 doctors shared insights

Cromolyn Sodium (Overview)

Cromolyn sodium is an asthma agent which is a kind of lung drug.


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Why is cromolyn sodium solution for nebulizers no longer used?

Why is cromolyn sodium solution for nebulizers no longer used?

Not available.: This medication is no longer on the market, but i never heard a reason why. Most often, these are business decisions - even if a medication is effective, it will be discontinued if it doesn't generate enough profit for the manufacturer. With cromolyn, however, there probably wasn't enough bang for the buck; inhaled steroids are vastly more effective, and cromolyn was quite expensive. ...Read more

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How effective is intal (cromolyn sodium) whenused in a nebulizer?

How effective is intal (cromolyn sodium) whenused in a nebulizer?

Fair: Cromolyn is effective for a subclass of patients with asthma. We lack a blood or other test to identify those persons who are likely to respond so you have to try everyone. The trial requires administration 4x/day for 30 days. Its hard for many people to stay on this schedule so some people who might be helped do not benefit. Once shown to work some folks can take cromolyn 3x or twice a day. ...Read more

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Why is cromolyn sodium solution for nebulizers no longer available in the usa?

Why is cromolyn sodium solution for nebulizers no longer available in the usa?

Not profitable: So few people were using it that it became unprofitable for medication manufacturers to produce or pharmacies to stock the product. Leukotriene receptor antagonists like singulair (montelukast) & accolate, while working by different mechanisms, were found to be about as effective & safe but far more convenient to use than cromolyn. They replaced cromolyn as a non-steroidal controller medication. ...Read more

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What are some substitutes for cromolyn sodium?

What are some substitutes for cromolyn sodium?

Asthma: Mostly used today are inhaled steroids instead of cromolyn sodium for asthma. Both are anti-inflammatories. Some examples are beclomethasone, budesonide, fluticasone. There are others. ...Read more

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Why is cromolyn sodium solution not available?

Why is cromolyn sodium solution not available?

Lack of demand: Although its mode of action is different singulair (montelukast) is about as effective as cromolyn. It's also more convenient to use. Once this oral agent became available use of cromolyn & nedocromil, a closely-related agent, plummeted. There was no profit to be made in continuing production & so it became unavailable. ...Read more

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What are good alternatives for cromolyn sodium?

Rhinitis or asthma?: For allergic rhinitis good alternatives for cromolyn include the topical antihistamine sprays astelin, astepro, patanase, oral antihistamines like Allegra & Claritin & corticosteroid nasal sprays. For asthma low-dose inhaled corticosteroids like flovent, asmanex & Alvesco (ciclesonide) are excellent. Singulair, a leukotriene receptor antagonist, can also be useful. For a cure see an allergist for immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Where can I buy cromolyn sodium for nebulizer?

Where can I buy cromolyn sodium for nebulizer?

Nebulized Cromolyn: Although little used any longer esp.In nebulized formulation it is still available in the us. Your pharmacist may need ro order it from supplier. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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