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Mometasone Furoate Monohydrate Nasal spray, suspension

It helps decrease inflammation in your nose

Generic Name: mometasone nasal

Brand Names: Nasonex

What is this medicine?

MOMETASONE(moe MET a sone) is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your nose. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose. This medicine is also used to treat nasal polyps.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection
  • recent surgery or injury of nose or sinuses
  • taking corticosteroids by mouth
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mometasone, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. Do not share this medicine with anyone else. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

There are no known drug interactions. Check with your doctor before you use any other medicine for your nose or sinus.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • infection
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusually weak or tired
  • white patches or sores in the mouth or nose

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • altered sense of taste or smell
  • burning or irritation inside the nose or throat
  • cough
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • painful menstrual periods
  • nosebleed

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store this medicine at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: August 30, 2013
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