Compare cromolyn vs. Remicade

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Intal
(Cromolyn)

Remicade
(Infliximab)

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.Calms down your immune system. Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.
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Reviews for Remicade (Infliximab)
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+77% vs. Intal (Cromolyn)
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+65% vs. Intal (Cromolyn)
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Side effects
cromolynRemicade

We haven’t found good data for cromolyn side effects.

FDA side effect reports for cromolyn »
  • Infusion reaction 13%
  • Infections 11%
More Remicade side effects »
How it works
cromolynRemicade
Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Remicade (Infliximab) is a biologic response modifier. It works in the immune system to block a protein called TNF (tumor necrosis factor). Blocking TNF relieves symptoms and prevents disease progression.
Type of medication
cromolynRemicade
Mast cell stabilizerPrescription or OTC
Immunosuppressant
Immunomodulator
Antirheumatic
Biological response modifier
Prescription only
Available as
cromolynRemicade
  • Nasal spray
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
cromolynRemicade
Risk factors for serious side effects
cromolynRemicade
Coming soon.
    • History of heart failure
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • History of malignancy
    • History of neurologic condition
        Detailed Remicade (Infliximab) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        cromolynRemicade
        BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

        See the FDA package insert
        BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
        No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        No specific weight-related info.
        • Remicade (Infliximab) can increase your risk of serious or life-threatening bacterial, fungal and viral infections. In some cases infections can be reactivated from an inactive virus in your body like tuberculosis (TB) or hepatitis B virus (HBV). You may need to take medicine for TB before you can begin taking Remicade (Infliximab). If you develop symptoms of cough, fever, chills, muscle aches, feel very tired, or you notice dark urine, yellowing of skin/eyes, appetite/weight loss, vomiting, change in stool color, stomach discomfort, and skin rash, tell your doctor and get medical care right away.
        • Although rare, Remicade (Infliximab) can cause serious liver injury. You'll need to have your liver enzymes tested regularly. If liver enzymes are significantly elevated and you have appetite/weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, and notice dark urine, yellowing of skin/eyes, change in stool color, and skin rash you should stop treatment with Remicade (Infliximab) until you can be completely assessed,
        Upsides and benefits
        cromolynRemicade
        • 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.
        • Treats certain types of arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions caused by an overactive immune system.
        • Remicade has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with millions of people who have used it.
        • Initial dosing to introduce Remicade to your body might be a hassle, but then you only need to take it every 6-8 weeks depending on your condition.
        Downsides and risks
        cromolynRemicade
        • 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.
        • You have to get every dose through an IV infusion at your doctor's office.
        • It's expensive because there's no generic available yet.
        • Remicade has a higher risk of serious infusion-related side effects during or after it's given since it's injected right into your veins. Your doctor can prescribe medication before your dose that may lower this risk.
        • Remicade lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, diabetes, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
        • Not the best choice if you have heart failure.
        • Talk to your baby's doctor if you're pregnant or breast-feeding. When women in a study took Remicade (Infliximab), the medicine was found in their breast milk 2 to 3 days after each dose, and in the baby's blood 6 months after they were born.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        cromolynRemicade
        • 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.
        • Remicade (Infliximab) is a medication that's given as an infusion at your doctor's office or clinic.
        • It's very important to read the patient Medication Guide when you first start using Remicade (Infliximab).
        • It's possible to get an allergic reaction to Remicade (Infliximab) either immediately during the treatment or a several days after stopping it. Your doctor can give you medicines that'll lower this risk.
        • You'll need to have a TB test before you start taking Remicade (Infliximab) and periodically during treatment.
        • Remicade (Infliximab) lowers your immune system's ability to fight infections, so it's important to let your doctor know if you notice a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms. Children seem to get more infections than adults, so keep a close eye on them.
        • If you have a young child, let their doctor know if you were on Remicade (Infliximab) while pregnant or nursing. It can increase their risk of infections for several months after your last dose and can delay their vaccine schedule.
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