What is mometasone?

Mometasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Mometasone inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

Mometasone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have been sick or had an infection of any kind. You may not be able to use mometasone inhalation until you are well.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether mometasone is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using this medication, 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 inhalation without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Mometasone can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 4 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis.

Mometasone inhalation can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from being around others who are ill. 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 inhalation.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of mometasone inhalation is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

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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Side Effects

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:

  • wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist); or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • runny nose, increased sinus allergy symptoms;
  • stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, nosebleed;
  • muscle or joint pain, back pain;
  • nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite;
  • changes in menstrual periods;
  • tired feeling; or
  • hoarseness or deepened voice.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Before using mometasone inhalation, tell your doctor if you are using ketoconazole (Nizoral).

There may be other drugs that can interact with mometasone inhalation. 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.

Other Names

Asmanex Twisthaler 120 Dose, Asmanex Twisthaler 14 Dose, Asmanex Twisthaler 30 Dose, Asmanex Twisthaler 60 Dose, and mometasone

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