|Type of medicine||Anti-asthmatic|
|Used for||Prevention of symptoms of asthma in adults and children over 6 years of age|
It is not fully understood how nedocromil works. It can be used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma, especially asthma triggered by allergies.
Before using nedocromil inhaler
Before using nedocromil make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to use nedocromil inhaler
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and make sure you know how to use this inhaler properly. If you are not sure, ask your nurse, doctor or pharmacist to show you.
- Use your inhaler regularly for maximum benefit. Your doctor will tell you how many times to use it each day.
- Rinse your mouth out with water after each dose and spit out the water used. This will help prevent any hoarseness or irritation to your throat.
- Do not stop using this inhaler abruptly as this can cause your symptoms to return suddenly.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Keep your regular appointments with your doctor. Your doctor will want to review your condition and your dose of nedocromil.
- If after first using this inhaler your breathing becomes worse or you suddenly start to wheeze, stop using the inhaler and let your doctor know straight away so that you can be given an alternative treatment without delay.
- Nedocromil is not a reliever, it does not work quickly enough to relieve an asthma attack that has already started. Your doctor will prescribe another inhaler for you to use if you get an attack.
- If you find that your asthma symptoms are getting worse or that you need to use a reliever inhaler more regularly, contact your doctor or nurse for advice straight away.
- Do not smoke. Smoking causes severe irritation and damage to the lungs. It will make your condition worse and will reduce the beneficial effects of your medication.
Can nedocromil cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Feeling or being sick, indigestion, abdominal pain||Stick to simple foods - avoid rich or spicy foods|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Bitter taste, hoarseness, throat irritation||This may occur if your mouth has not been rinsed adequately after using nedocromil - make sure you rinse your mouth out with water after each dose. In the case of a child, brushing the child's teeth may help|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store nedocromil
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Tilade® CFC Free Inhaler; Manufacturer's PIL, Tilade® CFC Free Inhaler, sanofi-aventis, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated May 2007.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 23/03/2011||Document ID: 3628 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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