Mometasone

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Generic Name: Mometasone Brand Name(s): Mometasone.

Uses

What is Mometasone used for?

Mometasone is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, allergies, and rash. Mometasone decreases swelling (inflammation), itching, and redness. Mometasone is a medium-strength corticosteroid. This medication is available in several forms including cream, ointment, and lotion (solution). Your doctor will choose the type of product based on the skin condition/area of the body being treated.

How should I take Mometasone?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.

Wash your hands before and after using mometasone topical, unless you are using the medicine on your hands.

Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not apply mometasone topical over a large area of skin.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not use mometasone topical on broken or infected skin, or in open wounds.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse while using mometasone topical.

If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.

How do I store Mometasone?

Mometasone is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Mometasone in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Mometasone that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Mometasone down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Mometasone?

Before using mometasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, diabetes, immune system problems.

Corticosteroids can make skin infections worse and more difficult to treat. Tell your doctor if you have a skin infection so it can be treated. Tell your doctor promptly if your condition does not improve or if you have worsening skin symptoms.

Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child’s growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child’s height can be checked.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Mometasone during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Mometasone. Mometasone is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Mometasone?

Burning, itching, or stinging may occur when you apply this medication, but usually only lasts a short time. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, hair bumps (folliculitis).

Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Mometasone?

Mometasone may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Mometasone?

Mometasone may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Mometasone?

Mometasone may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Mometasone.

What is the dose of Mometasone for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis

Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings unless directed by a healthcare provider.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Usual Adult Dose for Eczema

Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings unless directed by a healthcare provider.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Usual Adult Dose for Psoriasis

Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings unless directed by a healthcare provider.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-The treated area should not be bandaged, covered, or wrapped, as to be occlusive, unless directed by a healthcare provider.

-Parents of pediatric patients should be advised not to use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area.

Monitoring:

-Endocrine: HPA-axis suppression (Urinary free-cortisol test, ACTH-stimulation test)

Patient advice:

-Use should be avoided on the face, groin, or axillae.

-Patients should report any signs of local adverse reactions, especially those that develop under occlusive dressings.

-This medication is to be used as directed by the physician.

-Patients should be advised not to use this medication for any condition other than for which it was prescribed.

-Lotion should not be used in the treatment of diaper dermatitis.

What is the dose of Mometasone for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis

2 years and older:

Cream/ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

12 years and older:

Lotion: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients for more than 3 weeks of use have not been established.

-This topical drug should not be applied in the diaper area if the child still requires diapers or plastic pants.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Usual Pediatric Dose for Eczema

2 years and older:

Cream/ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

12 years and older:

Lotion: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients for more than 3 weeks of use have not been established.

-This topical drug should not be applied in the diaper area if the child still requires diapers or plastic pants.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Usual Pediatric Dose for Psoriasis

2 years and older:

Cream/ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

12 years and older:

Lotion: Apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day

Comments:

-Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients for more than 3 weeks of use have not been established.

-This topical drug should not be applied in the diaper area if the child still requires diapers or plastic pants.

-Therapy should be discontinued when control is obtained.

-If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be needed.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 2 years.

How is Mometasone available?

Mometasone is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical ointment,
  • Topical cream,
  • Topical lotion.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Mometasone, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Review Date: March 29, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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