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Dr. Lon Kessler
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Nasalcrom (Overview)

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


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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

Dr. Lon Kessler
24 doctors shared insights

Nasalcrom (Overview)

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


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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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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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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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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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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?

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
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Cromolyn Sodium (Definition)

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