Compare Cromolyn vs. Sulfasalazine

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Intal
(cromolyn)

Azulfidine
(sulfasalazine)

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.Reduces inflammation. Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is used for moderate to severe inflammatory bowel conditions, and with other meds for treating rheumatoid arthritis.
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Side effects
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How it works
CromolynSulfasalazine
Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is an anti-inflammatory drug that reduces inflammation and pain. It treats inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
Type of medication
CromolynSulfasalazine
Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
CromolynSulfasalazine
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
CromolynSulfasalazine
Risk factors for serious side effects
CromolynSulfasalazine
    Coming soon.
      Detailed Azulfidine (sulfasalazine) risks & warnings »
      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 haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      Food
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      No food related info.
      • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
      Kidneys and liver
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Severe hypersensitivity reactions can include internal organ involvement, such as hepatitis (liver), nephritis (kidney), myocarditis (heart), blood abnormalities, or pneumonitis (lungs).
      • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
      Sleep
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
      No sleep related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      • 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.
      • When taken consistently, Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) can control your symptoms of ulcerative colitis and other bowel diseases.
      • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) is usually used in combination with other medications to control rheumatoid arthritis.
      Downsides and risks
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      • 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 need to have blood tests every 3 months when taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
      • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) isn't a good option if you have kidney or liver disease.
      • Can't take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) if you are allergic to aspirin or sulfa medications.
      • Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) shouldn't be used if you are breastfeeding.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CromolynSulfasalazine
      • 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.
      • Don't use if you are allergic to sulfa drugs or aspirin.
      • Swallow tablets whole, and take after a meal with a full glass of water.
      • Drink at least six glasses of water daily while on this.
      • Continue to take Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine) even once you feel better.
      • Read the information that come with your medication in the drugstore since there are many conditions you should be aware of before taking Azulfidine (Sulfasalazine).
      • Can cause an orange color in your urine or skin.
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