Precautions and Warnings With Cromolyn Inhalation
Prior to starting a new medication, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the drug's precautions and warnings. With cromolyn inhalation, it is important to tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney or liver disease, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You should not take cromolyn inhalation if you are allergic to any components of the drug.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking cromolyn inhalation (Intal®) if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food (especially milk), dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with cromolyn inhalation include the following:
- Cromolyn inhalation is not a fast-acting asthma medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Do not use cromolyn inhalation to treat an asthma attack. Everyone taking cromolyn inhalation should also have a rescue asthma medication available at all times. Let your healthcare provider know if you need to use your rescue inhaler more frequently than usual, as this may be a sign of worsening asthma.
- Cromolyn inhalation can cause an immediate worsening of asthma symptoms. If this happens, use your rescue inhaler (such as an albuterol inhaler) as needed and contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.
- The liver and kidneys help to remove cromolyn (the active ingredient of cromolyn inhalation) from the body. If you have liver or kidney disease, your healthcare provider may decide to prescribe a lower cromolyn inhalation dosage, to prevent cromolyn from building up in your body.
- Cromolyn inhalation is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use in pregnant women, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using cromolyn inhalation during pregnancy (see Intal and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if inhaled cromolyn (the active ingredient of cromolyn inhalation) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using cromolyn inhalation (see Intal and Breastfeeding for more information).