- sodium cromoglicate
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Intal CFC-free Inhaler 5mg Pressurised Inhalation, Suspension
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Intal® CFC-Free Inhaler 5mg Pressurised inhalation, suspension
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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
In this leaflet:
1. What Intal is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Intal
3. How to use Intal
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Intal
6. Further information
1.What Intal is and what it is used for
Intal CFC-free Inhaler (called Intal in this leaflet) contains a medicine called sodium cromoglicate. This belongs to a group of medicines called anti-allergics.
It works by having an effect deep in the air passages of your lungs. It also lowers your response when you are exposed to substances to which you are allergic.
Intal is used to help prevent asthma attacks and may be called a ‘preventer’:
2.Before you use Intal
Do not use this medicine and tell your doctor if:
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Intal.
Take special care with Intal Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using your medicine if:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Intal.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because Intal can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way Intal works.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are also using a steroid medicine:
If your steroid treatment has been reduced or stopped and your asthma then gets worse you must tell your doctor straight away. They may wish to increase or re-start the steroid treatment.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
If you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.
3. How to use Intal
Always use Intal exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
How much to use (adults, elderly and children)
Using a ‘reliever’ inhaler
How to use your Intal Inhaler (An adult should help small children use their inhaler properly)
Remove the mouthpiece cover and check that the mouthpiece is clean.
Shake the inhaler well (at least 5 times).
If your doctor has told you to take 2 puffs each time you use your inhaler:
After use, always replace the mouthpiece cover to keep out dust and fluff.
Important things to make sure you are using the inhaler properly
If you or a child use more Intal than you should
If you or a child uses more Intal than you should, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Intal
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Intal
Keep using Intal until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop using Intal just because you feel better. If you stop, your illness may get worse.
When your doctor says that you can stop using Intal, your dose will be lowered gradually over a week.
How to clean
It is very important to keep the plastic body of the inhaler clean. This helps to stop the build-up of powder. Clean the plastic body at least twice a week. No harm will come from washing the plastic body and mouthpiece cover every day.
If the inhaler becomes blocked
Do not put the metal canister into water
Do not remove the rubber cover from the metal canister
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Intal can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Intal and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5.How to store Intal
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach it.
Do not use Intal Inhaler after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not refrigerate or freeze. The aerosol inhaler canister is pressurised. Protect the aerosol from heat or direct sunlight, do not puncture or incinerate even when it is empty.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Intal Inhaler contains
What Intal Inhaler looks like and contents of the pack
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This leaflet does not contain all the information about your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2019
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