Mometasone Cream | Side Effects, Dosage, Uses & More
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Generic Name:

mometasone, Topical cream

All Brands

  • Elocon
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Highlights for mometasone

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Mometasone is a corticosteroid that comes in five forms: inhalation powder or aerosol, nasal spray, and topical cream, lotion, or ointment.

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Mometasone is used to treat itching and inflammation (redness, irritation, and swelling) caused by skin conditions such as allergies.

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Mometasone is available as the brand-name drug Elocon. It’s also available as a generic drug.

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The more common side effects of this drug include skin reactions at the application site. These can include burning, itching, inflammation (irritation and swelling), or thinning of the skin.

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In some cases, mometasone can cause serious side effects. These can include more severe skin reactions, such as painful blisters or infection.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Adrenal insufficiency

Mometasone can cause adrenal insufficiency. That means your adrenal glands don’t make enough steroid hormones. Symptoms of this condition may occur when you stop using this drug. They can include weakness, tiredness, and low blood pressure.

Skin infection

This drug raises your risk of skin infection. Symptoms can include redness, itchiness, and irritation.

Lack of healing

If your skin irritation doesn’t improve after several days of treatment, call your doctor. This is sometimes a sign of an allergic reaction. Your doctor may do an allergy test.

Drug features

Mometasone is a prescription drug. It comes in five forms: inhalation powder, inhalation aerosol, nasal spray, and topical cream, lotion, or ointment.

Mometasone topical forms are available as the brand-name drug Elocon. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.

Mometasone may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Why it's used

Mometasone is used to treat itching and inflammation (redness, irritation, and swelling) caused by skin conditions such as allergies.

How it works

Mometasone belongs to a class of drugs called topical corticosteroids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way.

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How it works

Mometasone belongs to a class of drugs called topical corticosteroids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

A topical corticosteroid is absorbed into your skin cells. The drug stops these cells from producing chemicals that cause irritation and swelling. These chemicals are normally released when your skin reacts to allergens or other irritation.

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mometasone Side Effects

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More common side effects

The more common side effects of mometasone include:

  • application site reactions, with symptoms such as:

    • stinging
    • burning
    • itching
    • thinning skin
    • boils
    • dryness

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Worsening of your condition

  • Loss of skin color

  • Acne

  • Rash around your mouth

  • Infection on the treated skin. Symptoms can include:

    • redness 
    • itchiness
    • irritation
  • Stretch marks

  • Heat rash

  • Inflammation of your hair follicles. Symptoms can include:

    • redness
    • swelling
    • irritation
    • itchiness
  • Excessive hair growth

  • Adrenal insufficiency (when your adrenal glands don’t make enough steroid hormones). Symptoms can include:

    • feeling tired or exhausted
    • weakness
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • dizziness
    • fainting spells
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

This drug doesn’t cause drowsiness.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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mometasone May Interact with Other Medications

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An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking.

To find out how mometasone might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Mometasone warnings
skin infection warning
People with a skin infection

If you have a skin infection when starting treatment with mometasone, your doctor may also prescribe a topical antibiotic or antifungal to treat the infection. If your infection doesn’t heal, you may need to stop treatment with mometasone.

pregnancy warning
Pregnant women

Mometasone is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This drug should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

breast feeding warning
Women who are breast-feeding

It’s not known whether mometasone passes into breast milk and causes side effects in a child who is breastfed.

Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or to stop taking this medication.

senior warning
For seniors

Seniors are more likely to have damaged skin due to aging. This may increase the side effects of this drug. Seniors should only use mometasone for brief periods.

childrens warning
For children

Young children are at higher risk of side effects from mometasone. These include adrenal insufficiency and thin skin. Call your child’s doctor right away if you notice symptoms of these side effects.

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When to call the doctor

Call your doctor right away if:

  • your condition gets worse
  • you become pregnant while using this drug
allergy warning
Allergies

Mometasone can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • slowed healing of skin sores
  • skin rash
  • itching or hives
  • swelling of your face, lips, or tongue

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

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How to Take mometasone (Dosage)

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All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

Skin inflammation and itchiness

Generic: Mometasone

Form: topical cream
Strength: 0.1%

Brand: Elocon

Form: topical cream
Strength: 0.1%
Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)

Apply a thin layer to the affected area once per day.

Child dosage (ages 2–17 years)

Apply a thin layer to the affected area once daily.

Child dosage (ages 0–1 year)

Mometasone cream should not be used in children younger than 2 years of age.

Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older)

Seniors are more likely to have damaged skin due to aging. This may increase side effects. Seniors should only use mometasone for brief periods.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

Mometasone comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all

Your condition may not improve and may get worse.

If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule

Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times.

If you take too much

You could have high levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:

  • tiredness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • hunger
  • excessive sweating
  • flushing
  • high blood pressure
  • bruising easily
  • trouble sleeping

If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

What to do if you miss a dose

Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.

How to tell if the drug is working

Your skin condition should improve.

Mometasone is used for short-term treatment.

Important considerations for taking mometasone
timing considerations
Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor.
storage considerations
Store mometasone carefully
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medication is refillable
A prescription for this medication is refillable
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travel considerations
Travel
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self management considerations
Self-management
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clinical monitoring considerations
Clinical monitoring
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not usually stocked
Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead
prior authorization needed
Insurance
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Store mometasone carefully

  • Store this drug at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C).
  • Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.

A prescription for this medication is refillable

You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Travel

When traveling with your medication:

  • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
  • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

Self-management

  • Don’t use mometasone with airtight or water-tight dressings.
  • Don’t use this drug on your face, groin, or underarms.
  • Don’t use mometasone on your child’s diaper area or to treat diaper rash.

Clinical monitoring

Your doctor will likely monitor certain health issues during your treatment. This can help make sure you stay safe while taking this drug. These issues can include:

  • Cortisol levels: Adrenal insufficiency may cause high levels of a hormone called cortisol. Your doctor may monitor these levels to make sure this drug isn’t causing adrenal insufficiency.

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor may need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you.

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on March 2, 2016

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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