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Many people wonder, "What is cromolyn inhalation used for?" Cromolyn inhalation is used for preventing asthma attacks in adults and children. The cromolyn inhaler can be used in children age five and older, and the cromolyn nebulizer solution can be used in children as young as two years old.

Cromolyn Inhalation Uses

Cromolyn inhalation (Intal®) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks. It is part of a class of asthma medications known as mast cell stabilizers.
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).
It should be noted that cromolyn inhalers are no longer being manufactured. There will be no cromolyn inhalers available after pharmacies deplete their current supplies. If you are using a cromolyn inhaler, be sure to contact your healthcare provider about switching to a different medication.
Cromolyn Inhalation for Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, they narrow and less air flows to your lungs. This is called bronchospasm, and it can cause asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
While there is no asthma cure, asthma can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks. Cromolyn inhalation is a controller medication, used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes cromolyn inhalation should also have a rescue medication (such as an albuterol inhaler) available for emergencies.
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