Intal® (cromolyn inhalation) is a medication used to help prevent asthma attacks. This prescription medication comes in the following forms:
- The Intal inhaler
- Intal nebulizer solution, which is inhaled using a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs).
Because Intal should not be used for treating an asthma attack, it's important to keep a "rescue" medication on hand for emergencies. Wheezing, sore throat or dry throat, and nasal congestion are some of the most common side effects seen with this drug. However, it is generally well tolerated.
Brand-name Intal products are no longer being manufactured. Generic Intal nebulizer solution will continue to be available, but there will be no brand-name or generic Intal inhalers available after pharmacies deplete their current supplies. Contact your healthcare provider about switching to a different medication if you are currently using an Intal inhaler.
(To read the full eMedTV article on the inhaler and nebulizer solution, click Intal. This resource has information on how these products work, what to expect during treatment, and more.)