A healthcare provider may prescribe mometasone to treat certain conditions, including asthma attacks, allergies, and certain skin conditions (like eczema and psoriasis). The medication comes in several forms, including an inhaler, a nasal spray, and a cream. Side effects can include headaches, viral infections, and itching.
What Is Mometasone?Mometasone furoate is a prescription medication used to treat various conditions.
Available ProductsThere are three different kinds of mometasone products:
- Mometasone inhaler (Asmanex®)
- Mometasone nasal spray (Nasonex®)
- Mometasone cream, lotion, and ointment (Elocon®).
Asmanex is approved to prevent asthma attacks, while Nasonex is approved to treat the following conditions:
- A stuffy, irritated, or runny nose due to allergies
- Nasal polyps.
Elocon is approved to treat various skin conditions, including but not limited to:
How Does Mometasone Work?Mometasone is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids, or steroids for short.
Inhaled steroids (like Asmanex) go directly into the lungs and help to decrease the inflammation of the airways that makes asthma attacks more likely. Because mometasone does not work quickly, it should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, it is used twice a day in order to prevent asthma attacks.
Steroid nasal sprays (like Nasonex) are sprayed directly onto the nasal surface. They help to reduce inflammation associated with allergies and other conditions. When applied to the skin, mometasone creams, lotion, and ointment are effective at treating skin conditions that involve inflammation.
Because the medication is sprayed directly into the lungs or nose, or applied to the skin, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
(Click Asthma Treatment for information about other medicines used to manage asthma.)