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Intal
(cromolyn)

Foradil
(formoterol)

Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Intal (Cromolyn) is a good option to relieve nasal allergy symptoms when antihistamines aren't working. Good choice for pregnant women.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription or OTC
Available as
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  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
Used for
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  • Asthma Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exercise Induced Asthma Prophylaxis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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      Coming soon.
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Sleep
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      • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
      No sleep related info.
      Upsides and benefits
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      • Treats nasal allergy symptoms.
      • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
      • It's a good option for pregnant women. Can also be used for kids 2 years and older.
      • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
      • No prescription is needed.
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      Downsides and risks
      CromolynForadil
      • Needs to be used regularly for at least a week to see any good effects.
      • Can have an unpleasant smell or taste.
      • Can cause headaches, or burning and stinging in your nose.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • Works best when used one week before exposure to allergens. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks until you feel the full effects.
      • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray. Don't use more than recommended.
      • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
      • Before using it for the first time, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
      • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying. Wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
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