Compare cromolyn vs. theophylline

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Intal
(Cromolyn)

Theo-24
(Theophylline)

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
cromolyntheophylline

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

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How it works
cromolyntheophylline
Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.Coming soon.
Type of medication
cromolyntheophylline
Mast cell stabilizerPrescription or OTC
Coming soon.
Available as
cromolyntheophylline
  • Nasal spray
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
cromolyntheophylline
  • Asthma Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Exercise-induced asthma; Prophylaxis Nocturnal asthma
Risk factors for serious side effects
cromolyntheophylline
Coming soon.Coming soon.
Pregnancy category
cromolyntheophylline
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
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
cromolyntheophylline
  • 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.
Coming soon.
Downsides and risks
cromolyntheophylline
  • 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.
Coming soon.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
cromolyntheophylline
  • 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.
Coming soon.
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