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(cromolyn sodium) Ophthalmic Solution, USP 4% Sterile
OPTICROM (cromolyn sodium ophthalmic solution, USP) 4% is a clear, colorless, sterile solution intended for topical ophthalmic use.
Cromolyn sodium is represented by the following structural formula:
C23H14Na2O11....................Mol. Wt 512.34
Chemical Name: disodium 5-5' - [(2-hydroxytrimethylene) dioxy] bis [4-oxo-4H-1 -benzopyran-2-carboxylate].
Pharmacologic Category! Mast cell stabilizer
Each mL contains: Active: Cromolyn sodium 40 mg (4%); Preservative: Benzalkonium chloride 0.01%; Inactives: Edetate disodium 0.1% and purified water. It has a pH of 4.0 to 7.0.
What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Crolom, Opticrom)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation in your eyes after using the eye drops.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning or stinging after you use the eye drops;
- dry or irritated eyes;
- puffy eyes; or
- watery eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may...
What are the precautions when taking cromolyn sodium ophthalmic solution (Opticrom)?
Before using cromolyn, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: contact lens use.
After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not...
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/11/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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