Side Effects of Cromolyn Inhalation
Possible cromolyn inhalation side effects include nausea, sore throat, and wheezing. Some less common side effects that occur in 1 to 3 percent of people include itchy nose, watery eyes, and headache. Some potentially serious reactions should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, such as worsening of asthma symptoms or any signs of an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with cromolyn inhalation (Intal®); however, not everyone who takes the medicine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate cromolyn inhalation well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Cromolyn inhalation comes in two forms: the cromolyn inhaler and cromolyn nebulizer solution, which is inhaled using a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs).
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible cromolyn inhalation side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Cromolyn inhalation has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common cromolyn inhalation side effects included:
- Sore throat or dry throat
- Bad taste
- Nasal congestion