Sodium Cromolyn Inhalation

(SOE-dee-um KROE-muh-lin)

Sodium cromolyn (Intal®) is a preventative medicine that prevents asthma attacks and reduces the swelling in the airways of the lungs. It is an aerosol that can be used in an aerosol machine (nebulizer) or a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).

  • Sodium cromolyn must be used every day even if your child feels fine.
  • Do not use this medicine to treat your child's symptoms of an asthma attack.
  • This medicine is a preventative medicine; it will not help during an asthma attack.
  • This medicine must be taken for at least 6 weeks before it achieves its full effect.
  • Shake inhaler well before use.
  • Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using this medicine the correct way is very important. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using the inhaler or nebulizer machine.
  • Your child's doctor may want to have your child use a spacer with the inhaler. Using a spacer with an inhaler will help get the medicine into the lungs and work better.
  • Make sure you refill this prescription before your child runs out of medication.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child is using any other medicine, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.
  • Do not leave this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to heat or cold.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the package.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Headache
  • Stomachache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Swelling of the face, lips or eyes
  • Skin rash
  • Continued coughing and / or wheezing

Last Updated 12/2013