Generic Name: mometasone (moe-MET-a-sone)
Brand Name: Nasonex
Mometasone spray is used for:
Treating and preventing allergic nasal symptoms including congestion, sneezing, itching, and runny nose. It is also used for treatment of growths in the nose (nasal polyps).
Mometasone spray is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions in the nasal airway in response to allergens and irritants in the air.
Do NOT use mometasone spray if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in mometasone spray
- you have a sore in your nose or your nose has not healed after recent nasal surgery or injury
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using mometasone spray:
Some medical conditions may interact with mometasone spray. 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 active or inactive tuberculosis (TB) or a positive skin test for TB
- if you have diarrhea; a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection (eg, measles or chickenpox); a herpes infection in or around the eye; an immune system problem; or if you have recently received a vaccination
- if you have a history of glaucoma, increased pressure in the eye, or other eye problems (eg, cataracts)
- if you have recently had nasal sores, nasal surgery, or a nasal injury
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with mometasone spray. Because, little, if any, of mometasone spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if mometasone spray 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 spray:
Use mometasone spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with mometasone spray. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Mometasone spray is used in the nose.
- Before using mometasone spray the first time, pump it up to 10 times or until a fine mist appears. If mometasone spray has not been used for more than 1 week, prime it by pumping it 2 times or until a fine mist appears before using it.
- Shake well before each use.
- Use mometasone spray at regular intervals exactly as prescribed by your health care provider.
- Blow your nose gently to clear passages before using mometasone spray. Spray into each nostril as directed.
- Avoid spraying into the eyes, mouth, or directly onto the nasal septum (the wall between your nostrils).
- After using mometasone spray, wipe the applicator with a clean tissue and replace the lid.
- The maximum benefit of mometasone spray is usually achieved within 1 to 2 weeks. Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen or do not improve.
- If mometasone spray is being used to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms, begin treatment 2 to 4 weeks before the expected start of the pollen season.
- Use mometasone spray on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- Continue to use mometasone spray even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of mometasone spray, 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 spray.
Important safety information:
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. If you are exposed, contact your doctor at once.
- Fungal infections in the nose and throat have occurred in patients who use mometasone spray. Contact your doctor if you experience any redness or white patches in the nose or throat or symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent cough or sore throat).
- Mometasone spray may delay wound healing. Do NOT use mometasone spray if you have a sore in your nose or your nose has not healed after recent nasal surgery or injury. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about this information.
- Contact your doctor if you have a sore in your nose or if you have had recent nasal surgery or an injury that has not healed.
- Use of mometasone spray may increase the risk of developing glaucoma or cataracts. You may need to have regular eye exams while using mometasone spray. Tell your doctor if you notice changes in your vision.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take mometasone spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Nasal exams may be performed while you use mometasone spray. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor appointments.
- Mometasone spray 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 spray.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using mometasone spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if mometasone spray is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use mometasone spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of mometasone spray:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning or irritation inside the nose; coughing; headache; muscle and joint pain; nosebleed or pink color to the mucus; painful menstruation; sinus pain or pressure; sore throat; upper respiratory tract infection; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; redness or white patches in the mouth, nose, or throat; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; sores in the nose; symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent cough or sore throat, ear pain); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, dizziness, fainting); unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes; wheezing.
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:
Store mometasone spray at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep mometasone spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about mometasone spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Mometasone spray 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 spray 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 spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to mometasone spray. 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 spray.
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.