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Nasalcrom Warnings And Recalls
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes, their: Mechanism of action is different and they may complement each other for allergy treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
Unusual: Cromolyn is generally very well tolerated.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I take ranitidine or famotidine with Gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium)? (I use an oral compounded form of cromolyn sodium.)
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
Not likely: Nasalcrom is an otc nasal spray for allergies that is very mild with minimal side effects. Also, symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) a combination medication to treat asthma is unlikely to induce acid reflux. Asthma is associated with acid reflux and Prednisone tablets used to treat asthma can lead to gastritis and sometimes ge reflux. ...Read more
Is cromolyn sodium drops a good and safe OTC med for allergic itchy eyes? Recommendations for any other drops to relieve itching
Had septoplasty 5 wks ago. Trying to avoid congestion at night. Does Nasalcrom (cromolyn) dry out nose? Does it work against saline spray?
Nose: Nasalcrom (cromolyn) is for allergies only and it may dry the nose out. Call your surgeon to discuss ...Read more
I have used nasalcrom (cromolyn) 2 x a day for several years. I have dry mouth with 2 cavities. 71 years of age. Nasalcrom (cromolyn) works but does it cause dry mouth?
I'm currently using fluticasone for sinus congestion and Qvar for asthma - both are corticosteroids. Is it safe to use NasalCrom (cromolyn) too?
Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?
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
Will have allergy test Monday. Can I use cold meds without antihistamine? Nasalcrom (cromolyn)? Congested, swollen neck glands, sneezing and sinus & ear pressur
Myasthenia Gravis: Myasthenia gravis can present in different forms. For example, patient with ocular mg may present with variable ptosis of one or the both eyes. Patient may also have on/off diplopia. Systemic signs could be difficulty with doing repeatitive activities in the form of fatigue. ...Read more