Crolom

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Crolom® (cromolyn sodium ophthalmic solution USP, 4%) is a clear, colorless, sterile solution for topical ophthalmic use. Cromolyn sodium is represented by the following structural formula:

CROLOM (cromolyn sodium) Structural Formula Illustration

C23H14Na2O11..........Mol. Wt. 512.34

Chemical Name: Disodium 5,5'- [(2-hydroxytrimethylene)dioxy]bis[4-oxo-4H-1-benzopyran-2-carboxylate]

Pharmacologic Category: Mast cell stabilizer.

EACH mL CONTAINS: ACTIVE: Cromolyn Sodium 40 mg (4%); INACTIVES: Edetate Disodium 0.1% and Purified Water.

Hydrochloric Acid and/or Sodium Hydroxide may be added to adjust pH (4.0 - 7.0). PRESERVATIVE ADDED: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.01%.

What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Crolom, Opticrom)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation in your eyes after using the eye drops.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging after you use the eye drops;
  • dry or irritated eyes;
  • puffy eyes; or
  • watery eyes.

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What are the precautions when taking cromolyn ophthalmic (Crolom)?

Before using cromolyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: contact lens use.

After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

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Crolom Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Burning or stinging of the eye may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using cromolyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: contact lens use.

After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Crolom Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Crolom, Opticrom

Generic Name: cromolyn sodium (ophthalmic) (Pronunciation: KROE moe lin off THAL mik)

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What is cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Crolom)?

Cromolyn sodium is an anti-inflammatory medication. It works by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat allergy symptoms that affect the eyes, such as itching, burning, watering, swelling, redness, or sensitivity to light.

Cromolyn sodium ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Crolom)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation in your eyes after using the eye drops.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging after you use the eye drops;
  • dry or irritated eyes;
  • puffy eyes; or
  • watery eyes.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Crolom)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn sodium.

Do not allow the tip of the eye dropper to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

It may take up to 6 weeks of using cromolyn sodium before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.

Do not wear contact lenses while using cromolyn sodium ophthalmic, or when you have allergy symptoms affecting your eyes.

During treatment with cromolyn sodium ophthalmic, avoid using any other eye medications that your doctor has not prescribed.

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