Nasonex

mometasone furoate nasal spray

By Schering-Plough

What is this medication for?

Mometasone furoate belongs to a family of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to help relieve nasal symptoms such as stuffy nose, itchy nose, and nasal congestion caused by allergies in adults and children 2 years of age and older. It can also be used to prevent these nasal symptoms caused by seasonal allergies in people 12 years of age and older.

Usually, mometasone relieves allergy symptoms within 12 hours of the first dose, but it may take several days to reach its full effect.

Mometasone furoate can also be used to treat nasal polyps in people 18 years of age and older.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Nasonex® is available as:

  • spray (nasal)
    • 50 µg/spray
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

Allergy treatment: The usual recommended dose for people older than 12 years of age is 2 sprays into each nostril once daily at approximately the same time each day. Some people may need to take this medication for 2 to 4 weeks before the allergy season begins to minimize symptoms. A lower dose of one spray into each nostril once daily may be used to maintain control of allergy symptoms.

The usual dose for children 2 to 11 years of age is one spray into each nostril once daily.

Seasonal allergy prevention: The usual recommended dose for people 12 years of age or older is 2 sprays into each nostril once daily. Your doctor may start this medication 2 to 4 weeks before the pollen season starts.

Nasal polyps: The recommended adult dose is 2 sprays into each nostril taken once or twice daily.

Shake well and prime the spray pump before using this medication. The pump may be stored unused up to one week without repriming. For proper instructions on how to use this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to mometasone furoate or any ingredients of this medication.

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Reviewer: Sharon Yeh
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