Compare Cromolyn vs. Remicade

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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 an effective treatment for many autoimmune diseases, but you can have serious side effects.
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Reviews for Remicade
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Side effects
CromolynRemicade

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

FDA side effect reports for Cromolyn »
  • Upper airway infection 7%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Headache 4%
  • Sinus infection 6%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Coughinng 4%
  • Abdominal pain 4%
  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Rash 5%
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) blocks a protein in your immune system called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) that causes inflammation.
Type of medication
CromolynRemicade
Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
CromolynRemicade
  • Nasal spray
  • Injection
Used for
CromolynRemicade
Risk factors for serious side effects
CromolynRemicade
    Coming soon.
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 65 or older
    • Comorbidities
    • History of malignancy
    Detailed Remicade (infliximab) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

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

    Sleep
    CromolynRemicade
    • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
    No sleep related info.
    Weight
    CromolynRemicade
    No weight related info.
    • Although rare, Remicade (infliximab) can hurt your liver. If you have appetite/weight loss, stomach discomfort, vomiting, or dark urine, talk to your doctor. If you have yellowing of skin/eyes, talk to your doctor right away.
    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.
    • People taking Remicade (infliximab) for ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had more clinical response, clinical remission and symptom improvement compared to people who did not take Remicade (infliximab).
    • People who were also taking steroids for treatment were able to discontinue steroid use while taking Remicade (infliximab).
    • Remicade (infliximab) has almost two decades of clinical trial data and real-life experience with many people who have used it.
    • After the initial dosing, you only need to take Remicade (infliximab) every 6-8 weeks, depending on your condition.
    • Compared to other medications used to treat autoimmune conditions, Remicade (infliximab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
    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 receive this medication at your doctor's office or clinic. You might need to be tested regularly for tuberculosis.
    • Remicade (infliximab) lowers your ability to fight infection and can cause serious illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, or have a history of diabetes or tuberculosis.
    • Remicade (infliximab) can in some cases worsen symptoms of heart failure or neurologic conditions. People 65 years and older may have more side effects from this medication.
    • In rare cases, Remicade (infliximab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
    • No generic available, so it can be costly.
    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) can in some cases cause a serious allergic reaction either immediately or several days after the treatment. Your doctor can give you medicines that will lower this risk.
    • Your doctor will test you for tuberculosis before taking Remicade (infliximab) and regularly 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.
    • You should not receive any live vaccines while taking Remicade (infliximab). Tell your doctor that you are taking Remicade (infliximab) before receiving any vaccines.
    • If you have any signs or new or worsening symptoms such as heart, neurological, or autoimmune conditions, talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor about symptoms such as bruising or bleeding.
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