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Cromoglicate (also known as cromolyn, cromoglycate, or cromoglicic acid) is a medication primarily used in the management and prevention of chronic asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic rhinitis. It is available in various forms, including inhalers, eye drops, and nasal sprays.

Mechanism of Action[edit | edit source]

Cromoglicate works by stabilizing mast cells, which are cells in the body that release chemicals during an allergic reaction. By preventing these cells from releasing these chemicals, cromoglicate can help to reduce the symptoms of allergies and asthma.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Cromoglicate is used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including:

  • Asthma: Cromoglicate is used as a preventative treatment for chronic asthma. It is not effective for treating an acute asthma attack.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis: Cromoglicate eye drops can be used to prevent and treat the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis.
  • Allergic rhinitis: Cromoglicate nasal spray can be used to prevent and treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Side Effects[edit | edit source]

Like all medications, cromoglicate can cause side effects. These may include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Dry mouth
  • Irritation of the throat
  • Headache

Precautions[edit | edit source]

Before using cromoglicate, it is important to discuss any existing medical conditions or allergies with a healthcare provider. It is also important to discuss any other medications being taken, as cromoglicate can interact with other drugs.

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