Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
What are other names for this medication?
The trade names for this drug are Intal and Tilade.
What does this drug do?
Cromolyn helps prevent wheezing by making your child's
airways not react as much to the triggers. Examples of
triggers are pollens, exercise, and environmental
Cromolyn is not a bronchodilator and therefore does not
provide immediate relief for wheezing or an acute asthma
How is it taken?
Cromolyn can be taken with a nebulizer, metered-dose
inhaler (MDI), or Spinhaler.
What is the usual dosage?
Cromolyn is usually taken three to four times a day either
by nebulizer or metered-dose inhaler (two puffs). Extra
doses may be taken before exercise or exposure to allergens.
What side effects can this drug cause?
Dry mouth, cough, and irritation of the throat are
rare side effects.
What special instructions should be followed?
To prevent symptoms of asthma, cromolyn should be taken
daily and regularly. It should also be taken 15 minutes
before exercise or allergen exposure.
Your child should take the medication as prescribed by the