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Intal (Overview)

Intal is an asthma agent which is a kind of lung drug.


Intal (Overview)

Intal is an asthma agent which is a kind of lung drug.


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Why was intal (cromolyn) inhaler removed from the market? I used to use it, and it helped.

Why was intal (cromolyn) inhaler removed from the market? I used to use it, and it helped.

No: Intal (cromolyn) is a mast cell stablizer and has stopped being produced because it only came as a cfc inhaler. Once it was mandated that all inhalers be hfa-based, it stopped being stocked in us pharmacies. The company who made it did not pursue making it as an hfa. Some of my patients have been able to get it through canada. ...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 was the intal (cromolyn) inhaler removed from the market?

Why was the intal (cromolyn) inhaler removed from the market?

Pharmaceutical: The pharmaceutical company that produced it decided to stop making it because they had a problem with the propellant and the need to reformulate it to an hfa type of inhaler. ...Read more

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Why was intal (cromolyn) inhaler removed from the market? I used to use it, and it helped.

No: Intal (cromolyn) is a mast cell stablizer and has stopped being produced because it only came as a cfc inhaler. Once it was mandated that all inhalers be hfa-based, it stopped being stocked in us pharmacies. The company who made it did not pursue making it as an hfa. Some of my patients have been able to get it through canada. ...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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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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Is there a replacement for intal (cromolyn) inhaler they used to sell for asthmatics?

Is there a replacement for intal (cromolyn) inhaler they used to sell for asthmatics?

No: Intal (cromolyn) is a mast cell stablizer and has stopped being produced because it only came as a cfc inhaler. Once it was mandated that all inhalers be hfa-based, it stopped being stocked in us pharmacies. The company who made it did not pursue making it as an hfa. Some of my patients have been able to get it through canada. ...Read more

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What are intal and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) turbuhaler for?

What are intal and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) turbuhaler for?

Asthma controllers: Both are used as medications that control the underlying inflammation of asthma. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) also contains a long-acting bronchodilator that provides immediate relief of asthma symptoms. Cromolyn does not do this. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is much more effective. Cromolyn is a bit safer. The difference is moot. Cromolyn (intal) is no longer available on the american market. ...Read more

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