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Mometasone (moe-MET-a-sone ) belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines). Corticosteroids belong to the family of medicines called steroids. Mometasone is sprayed into the nose to help relieve the stuffy nose, irritation, and discomfort of hay fever and other allergies.
In Canada, mometasone can also be used along with certain antibiotics to treat sinusitis.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For nasal mometasone, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to mometasone or other corticosteroids. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Nasal mometasone has not been studied in pregnant women. However, in animal studies, mometasone, given by injection, was shown to cause birth defects. Also, too much use of corticosteroids during pregnancy may cause other unwanted effects in the infant, such as slower growth and reduced adrenal gland function.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether nasal mometasone passes into breast milk. Although most medications pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are using this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children- Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients and there is no specific information comparing use of nasal mometasone in children up to 3 years of age with use in other age groups.
Older adults- Although there is no specific information comparing use of nasal corticosteroids in the elderly with use in other age groups, they are not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than they do in younger adults.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of nasal mometasone. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using the medicine .
Before using this medicine, clear the nasal passages by blowing your nose. Then, with the nosepiece inserted into the nostril, aim the spray towards the inner corner of the eye.
In order for this medicine to help you, it must be used regularly as ordered by your doctor . This medicine usually begins to work in about 2 days, but up to 2 weeks may pass before you feel its full effects.
Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor . Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of absorption through the lining of the nose and the chance of unwanted effects.
Check with your doctor before using this medicine for nasal problems other than the one for which it was prescribed , since it should not be used on many bacterial, viral, or fungal nasal infections.
The dose of nasal mometasone will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of nasal mometasone. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if you don't remember it until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Avoid close contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles . This is especially important for children. Tell your doctor right away if you think you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles .
Infants born to mothers receiving corticosteroids should be carefully monitored for hypoadrenalism (light-headedness, loss of appetite, sweating, weakness, and weight loss).
Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if your condition gets worse.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT