Generic Name: cromolyn sodium (oral) (KRO moe lin SOE dee um)Brand Names: Gastrocrom
Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.Cromolyn sodium oral is used to treat the symptoms of a condition called mastocytosis, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, stomach pain, itchy skin, and flushing (warmth or redness under the skin).
Cromolyn sodium oral may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about Gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium (oral))?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn.
Before you take cromolyn sodium oral, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.
It is important to use cromolyn sodium regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 2 or 3 weeks of taking this medicine.What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium (oral))?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take cromolyn sodium oral, tell your doctor if you have:
kidney disease; or
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medicine is usually taken four times daily, before meals and at bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.
To use the cromolyn sodium oral solution (liquid), break open the ampule and squeeze the liquid into a glass of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away.
It is important to use cromolyn sodium regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 2 or 3 weeks of taking this medicine. Store cromolyn sodium at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep each ampule in the foil pouch until you are ready to use the medicine. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using cromolyn sodium oral.
white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
swelling of your tongue;
trouble swallowing; or
tight feeling in the chest.
mild stomach pain, indigestion, nausea, vomiting;
diarrhea, constipation, gas;
muscle pain; or
feeling tired or irritable.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with cromolyn sodium. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.