Chromolyn Sodium – a minor Christmas miracle for histamine issues?

A reader that I know personally have been struggling with odd challenges, especially sickness triggered by eating (within a minute). A good day was often 600 calories. The usual ‘useless’ round of both conventional and alternative physicians. The reader speech has been impacted, struggling to get a sentence out sslllooowwwwllllyyyy.

Atypical mast cell issues interacting with other medical issues appears to be the cause. Abnormal histamine release from eating was a target (deal with one symptom at a time).

The reader took inspiration from my researching PubMed, especially the older, not in fashion, treatmentsThe reader discovered Chromolyn Sodium. A classic asthma medication


Almost all of the literature dealt with Asthma — it was an old treatment for Asthma.

On a very few sites, it is mentioned as Cromoglicic acid, a mast cell stabilizer. The reader does not have asthma.

The reader was able to persuade a traditional medical physician to prescribe a one month supply as solution ampoules . (The aerosol/nasal form appears to be available over the counter and on Amazon. One spray appears to be equivalent to one ampoules). Because it was a very atypical prescription in today’s market, the pharmacist insisted on speaking with the physician. After a few days, the prescription arrived: 120 ampoules to be taken 1 every 6 hours.


After just one day, speech has greatly improved, symptoms have reduced. The reader did admit that this could be just a placebo effect — but given how much they struggled with speech just yesterday, I doubt it.

More information

Going over to DrugBank, a nice resource. We can see it’s structure (
C23H16O11 ) and read a precise description. It was first marketed for Asthma in 1981.

A chromone complex that acts by inhibiting the release of chemical mediators from sensitized mast cells. It is used in the prophylactic treatment of both allergic and exercise-induced asthma, but does not affect an established asthmatic attack.

Cromoglicate inhibits degranulation of mast cells, subsequently preventing the release of histamine and slow-reacting substance of anaphylaxis (SRS-A), mediators of type I allergic reactions. Cromoglicate also may reduce the release of inflammatory leukotrienes. Cromoglicate may act by inhibiting calcium influx.


From Facebook feedback, some of the sprays have stabilizers which could cause adverse reactions. Checking with the reader cited above — the content had just two ingredients: sterilized water and Chromolyn Sodium.

Additional Items to Review

Using the sweet Canadian DrugBank, we have a list of alternative things to research (all Mast-cell stabilizers):

Bottom Line

Just sharing a little good news in this Christmas Season.