Mometasone (Into the nose)

Introduction

Mometasone Furoate (moe-MET-a-sone FURE-oh-ate)

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Also treats nasal polyps. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s)

Nasonex

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to mometasone.

How to Use This Medicine

Spray

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Shake the medicine thoroughly before each use.
  • This medicine works best if used at the same time every day.
  • The first time you use the spray bottle you will need to prime the pump. To do this, pump the spray nozzle 10 times or until a fine mist appears. If you stop using the medicine for more than 1 week, you will need to prime the pump again by spraying 2 times or until a fine mist appears.
  • Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
  • After using the nasal spray, wipe the tip of the bottle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when not using it. Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Throw away the medicine bottle after you have used 120 sprays from it, even if there is still some medicine left in it. It is best to keep track of the number of sprays used so you will know when it is time to throw the bottle away.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using or have recently used medicines that weaken your immune system, such as a steroid or cancer treatment. Tell your doctor if you are using ketoconazole (Nizoral®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, tuberculosis, any type of infection (including a cold or the flu), herpes simplex in your eye, or a history of glaucoma or cataracts.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have had nose surgery, a nose injury, or sores or ulcers in the nose. You may need to stop using this medicine while your nose is healing.
  • This medicine may cause fungus infection of the mouth or throat (thrush). Tell your doctor right away if you have white patches in the mouth or throat; or pain when eating or swallowing.
  • This medicine may increase your risk of having problems with your nose. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have bloody mucus; sores inside the nose; or unexplained nosebleeds while you are using this medicine.
  • If you or your child have difficulty with breathing or wheezing, or any allergic reaction to this medicine, stop using the medicine and check with your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Be very careful to avoid people who are sick, especially if they have chickenpox or measles. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, call your doctor right away. This is only important if you have not had chickenpox or measles.
  • Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. Talk to your doctor if you or your child have more than one of these symptoms while you are using this medicine: darkening of the skin; diarrhea; dizziness; fainting; loss of appetite; mental depression; nausea; skin rash; unusual tiredness or weakness; or weight loss.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor. You should notice some improvement within the first 24 hours after you start using this medicine. The medicine becomes most effective within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • If this medicine is being used by a child between the ages of 2 and 11, the doctor will need to check the child's growth on a regular basis.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Changes in vision or eye pain.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sneezing, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Heavy bleeding from your nose.
  • Increased itching or pain in your nose.
  • Red or white patches in your nose and throat.
  • Unexplained tiredness.
  • Unexplained weight gain.
  • Wheezing, chest pain, or trouble breathing.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne.
  • Burning or irritation in your nose.
  • Changes in your menstrual periods.
  • Crusting around the nostrils.
  • Ear pain.
  • Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea, diarrhea, or stomach upset.
  • Nosebleeds.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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