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Mometasone cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: mometasone (moe-MET-a-sone)
Brand Name: Elocon

Mometasone cream is used for:

Treating itching, redness, and swelling of many skin conditions.

Mometasone cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions and modifying immune reactions in the body.

Do NOT use mometasone cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in mometasone cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using mometasone cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with mometasone cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have chickenpox, shingles, measles, or tuberculosis (TB), or have had a positive TB skin test or a recent vaccination
  • if you have had a skin infection, thinning of the skin (atrophy), or a certain type of severe acne (rosacea)
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with mometasone cream. Because little, if any, of mometasone cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if mometasone cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use mometasone cream:

Use mometasone cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small amount of mometasone cream to the affected area once a day. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying mometasone cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of mometasone cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use mometasone cream.

Important safety information:

  • Mometasone cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
  • Do not use mometasone cream on the face, underarms, or groin area unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
  • Do not use mometasone cream to treat the diaper area of a child.
  • Use mometasone cream only for the skin problem for which it is intended.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, or use over a large area of the body without checking with your doctor.
  • Stop using mometasone cream when the skin area returns to normal. Contact your health care provider if improvement is not seen within 2 weeks.
  • Mometasone cream has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Caution is advised when using mometasone cream in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Mometasone cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use mometasone cream.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using mometasone cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if mometasone cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use mometasone cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of mometasone cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild burning, dryness, or stinging at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using mometasone cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of mometasone cream:

Store mometasone cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep mometasone cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about mometasone cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mometasone cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take mometasone cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about mometasone cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to mometasone cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using mometasone cream.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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