Anti inflammatory

Gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium)

Gastrocrom is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat the symptoms of a condition called mastocytosis, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, stomach pain, itchy skin, and flushing (warmth or redness under the skin). It is a mast cell stabilizer which works by preventing the mast cells of the body from releasing substances that cause symptoms of mastocytosis.

Important Gastrocrom Information

Speak with your doctor before using this medication in children younger than 2 years of age. It may take several weeks, and regular use, for this medicine to work properly. Do not suddenly stop taking it without first speaking to your doctor.

Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve within 2-3 weeks of using Gastrocrom.

Tell your doctor if:

  • you are allergic to any of its ingredients
  • you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • you have liver or kidney problems

Side Effects of Gastrocrom

Get immediate medical help if signs of an allergic reaction appear: rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

Serious side effects that require immediate medical attention include:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
  • swelling of your tongue; or
  • trouble swallowing.

Less serious side effects, that require medical attention only if they persist or worsen, include:

  • headache;
  • stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation;
  • skin itching;
  • muscle pain; or
  • feeling tired or irritable.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium), ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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