What is mometasone nasal?
Mometasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Mometasone nasal is used to treat nasal symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal or year-round allergies. Mometasone is also used to treat nasal polyps in adults.
Mometasone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to mometasone.
Before using mometasone, tell your doctor if you have been sick or had an infection of any kind. You may not be able to use mometasone nasal until you are well.
Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- glaucoma or cataracts;
- herpes simplex virus of your eyes;
- tuberculosis or any other infection or illness;
- sores or ulcers inside your nose; or
- if you have recently had injury of or surgery on your nose.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether mometasone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use mometasone nasal without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Steroid medicines can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using mometasone nasal.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water and call your doctor.
Mometasone nasal can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using mometasone nasal.
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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of mometasone nasal is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms. However, long-term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe or ongoing nose bleed;
- sores in the nose that won't heal;
- wheezing, trouble breathing;
- vision problems; or
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
Less serious side effects may include:
- stuffy nose, sore throat, cough;
- muscle or joint pain;
- nausea; or
- sores or white patches inside or around your nose.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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There may be other drugs that can interact with mometasone nasal. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
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