cromolyn aerosol - inhalation, Intal (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using cromolyn and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Make sure the canister is properly inserted into the inhaler unit. Use the mouthpiece supplied with this medication. Shake the canister well before using. Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a canister for the first time or if you have not used it for a while. A fine mist is a sign that the inhaler is working properly. Avoid spraying in the eyes.Hold the inhaler and breathe out as much as you comfortably can. Do not breathe into the inhaler. Place the mouthpiece into your mouth, close your lips around it, and tilt your head back. While breathing in deeply and slowly, press the top of the inhaler with your index finger. Remove the inhaler from your mouth. Hold your breath for several seconds, and then breathe out slowly.Replace the mouthpiece cover when done. Clean the mouthpiece periodically as described in the instructions.Inhale this medication by mouth, usually 4 times daily at regular intervals or as directed by your doctor. If more than one inhalation of this medication is prescribed, wait at least one minute between them.If you are using this medication to prevent breathing problems related to exercise, cold/dry air, or allergens, use it within 10 to 15 minutes, but not more than 60 minutes, before exposure.Keep track of the number of inhalations you use and discard the canister when you reach the number specified on the package.If you are using other inhaled medications, ask your doctor when to use each of the medications and in what order you should use them.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. This medication works best if used at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose, use this more frequently, or stop using this medication without first asking your doctor. Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Your doctor may lower your dose once the medication starts to work. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.It may take up to 4 weeks before you experience improvement in your symptoms from this medication.If you notice less effect than usual from this medication, if your symptoms get worse, and/or you feel you need to use any of your asthma medications more often than recommended, seek immediate medical attention.
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