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Doctor insights on: Cromolyn Sodium Allergy In Children

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What is the definition or description of: Cromolyn sodium allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Cromolyn sodium allergy?

Not seen: Cromolyn sodium is the active ingredient in anti-allergy eye drops and nasal spray. It also was available in capsules that were inhaled to prevent asthma with a device called a spinhaler. It works as a mild mast cell stabilizer. It is available in many generic products. It is always possible that other ingredients may cause allergic reactions but allergic reactions to cromolyn are unheard of. ...Read more

Cromolyn Sodium Allergy (Definition)

Cromolyn sodium is the active ingredient in anti-allergy eye drops and nasal spray. It also was available in capsules that were inhaled to prevent asthma with a device called a spinhaler. It works as a mild mast cell stabilizer. It is available in many generic products. It is always possible that other ingredients may cause allergic reactions but allergic reactions to ...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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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 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?

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

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Where to find cromolyn sodium for nebulizer online?

Where to find cromolyn sodium for nebulizer online?

That's right: There are a number of online sources for cromolyn. Most are foreign sources. Check out the source as best you can before ordering. Caveat emptor. ...Read more

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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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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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Is cromolyn sodium drops a good and safe OTC med for allergic itchy eyes? Recommendations for any other drops to relieve itching

Is cromolyn sodium drops a good and safe OTC med for allergic itchy eyes? Recommendations for any other drops to relieve itching

Fair to good: Many will do well just using artificial tears to wash out the pollen or other irritants. Zadator is a 2x daily otc product that has helped some. ...Read more

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Thick clear mucus back of nose 6 months, swollen mucosa & large adenoids. CT clear, no infection, steroid sprays don't work. Cromolyn sodium an option?

Thick clear mucus back of nose 6 months, swollen mucosa & large adenoids. CT clear, no infection, steroid sprays don't work. Cromolyn sodium an option?

See allergist: Even though cromolyn may help some people I have been been impressed with its efficacy. You problem is likely from allergies and it would be a good idea for you to consult a specialist. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a negative side effects using nasalcrom (cromolyn) for allergies?

Has anyone had a negative side effects using nasalcrom (cromolyn) for allergies?

Few: Nasal crom is a over the counter topical nasal sprays that acts by "stabilizing" mast cells. (the allergy cells that are in the nose). Like most nasal sprays there can be local irritation and some can have nose bleeds. In general, Nasalcrom is pretty well tolerated. ...Read more

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Will nasalcrom (cromolyn) help relieve blocked eustachian tube causeed by allergies?

Will nasalcrom (cromolyn) help relieve blocked eustachian tube causeed by allergies?

Not likely: Etd from allergy is more of a congestion problem that will respond to medications that decongest such as topical nasal decongestants like afrin or neosynephrine; oral decongestants like sudafed; and topical nasal steroids like nasonex, (mometasone) flonase, veramyst, omnaris, qnasl. Zetonna, and others. ...Read more

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Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?

Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?

Unlikely: They can reduce discharge, sneezing, but not congestion or inflammation, you will need anti-inflammatory medications as steroid nasal sprays, but better be directed by an ENT specialist or an Allergist/Immunologist if you have access to one, best wishes ...Read more

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Will nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness?

Will nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness?

Not usually: Nasalcrom is not an antihtistamine. It is a nasal topical formulation of cromolyn, which is a mast-cell stabilizer. Essentially interfering with the release of histamine as well as other inflammatory mediators from the mast cell. ...Read more

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Can nasalcrom (cromolyn) and Flonase be used together?

Can nasalcrom (cromolyn) and Flonase be used together?

Yes, their: Mechanism of action is different and they may complement each other for allergy treatment. ...Read more

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Does nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness if you use it daily?

Does nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness if you use it daily?

Not nasalcrom (cromolyn): Nasalcrom's structure is symmetrical around an oxygen molecule, like the 2 hydrogens that combine with oxygen to make water. Its polar nature means cells' lipid membranes can exclude it just as they do water, and therefore it generally works only on the outsides of cells. It doesn't make it to the inside of the body, let alone the inside of the brain. It's one of the safest drugs around, therefore. ...Read more

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Nasalcrom (cromolyn) is still available, isn't it?

Nasalcrom (cromolyn) is still available, isn't it?

Cromolyn spray OTC: Yes, you can still buy Nasalcrom (cromolyn) in the stores or on amazon, eg ($14). It's available without a prescription. Sometimes the small bottles are stored behind the counter to prevent shoplifters from "palming" them and walking out. Ask the pharmacist where to look or order some online. ...Read more

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Does nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness like some antihistamines do?

Does nasalcrom (cromolyn) cause drowsiness like some antihistamines do?

Not usually: Nasalcrom is not an antihtistamine. It is a nasal topical formulation of cromolyn, which is a mast-cell stabilizer. Essentially interfering with the release of histamine as well as other inflammatory mediators from the mast cell. ...Read more

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Had nasalcrom (cromolyn) been discontinued?

Had nasalcrom (cromolyn) been discontinued?

No, still available: NasalCrom (cromolyn) is still available without a prescription and can be obtained even at Amazon. Com. The cost is about $15 per bottle. ...Read more

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Has nasalcrom (cromolyn) been discontinued from the stores?

Has nasalcrom (cromolyn) been discontinued from the stores?

Cromolyn spray OTC: You can still buy Nasalcrom (cromolyn) in the stores or on amazon, eg ($14). It's available without a prescription. Sometimes the small bottles are stored behind the counter to prevent shoplifters from "palming" them and walking out. Ask the pharmacist where to look or order some online. They may be out if it's peak allergy season, or they may not have had much demand for it. If you ask, they can get it. ...Read more

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I'm currently using fluticasone for sinus congestion and Qvar for asthma - both are corticosteroids. Is it safe to use NasalCrom (cromolyn) too?

I'm currently using fluticasone for sinus congestion and Qvar for asthma - both are corticosteroids. Is it safe to use NasalCrom (cromolyn) too?

Yes: Nasalcrom has little or no side effects (rarely a rash perhaps) and thus can be safely used with other nasal medications. It is not a steroid or antihistamine. However I think adding a nasal antihistamine will likely work better. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intal (cromolyn) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Intal (cromolyn) allergy?

Not likely: Cromolyn is medication that stabilizes the mast cells. This prevents allergy. It is unlikely that allergy to this would develop. ...Read more

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Agg. Systemic mastocytosis. This mean my anaphylaxis food/drug allergies will now end since on Cromolyn? Could ITP dx be part of ASM or can have both?

Agg. Systemic mastocytosis. This mean my anaphylaxis food/drug allergies will now end since on Cromolyn? Could ITP dx be part of ASM or can have both?

No, and No: Cromolyn will not end probability of anaphylaxis, and if it happens needs to be treated, ITP isn't part of the disease, yes a patient can have both as separate diseases, aggressive severe mastocytosis is a rare disease, much rare than systemic mastocytosis, which is already a rare disease, diagnosis / management need to be in a tertiary care facility, need to adhere to treatment well & follow up ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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