Nasonex (generic: mometasone) is a prescription medication used to treat nasal allergy symptoms including runny, stuffy, itchy nose and sneezing related to allergies, and nasal polyps. Nasonex belongs to a group of drugs called topical steroids. It works by affecting the immune system which decreases swelling of the nasal passages.
This medication comes in the form of a nasal spray which is inhaled through the nose, usually once a day, in each nostril.
Common side effects of Nasonex include headaches, viral infections, sore throat, and nosebleeds.
Nasonex Nasal Spray is a prescription medication used to treat nasal allergy symptoms including runny, stuffy, itchy nose and sneezing related to allergies. It is also used to treat nasal polyps.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Nasonex may cause serious side effects, including:
- Thrush (candida), a fungal infection in your nose and throat. Tell your doctor if you have any redness or white colored patches in your nose or throat.
- Slow wound healing. Do not use Nasonex until your nose has healed if you have a sore in your nose, if you have surgery on your nose, or if your nose has been injured.
- Some people may have eye problems, including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams.
- Immune system problems that may increase your risk of infections. You are more likely to get infections if you take medicines that weaken your immune system. Avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles while using Nasonex. Symptoms of infection may include: fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea and vomiting. Tell your doctor about any signs of infection while you are using Nasonex.
- Adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency can include: tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting and low blood pressure.
The most common side effects of Nasonex include:
- viral infection
- sore throat
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Nasonex and other medicines may affect each other and cause side effects. Nasonex may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Nasonex works.
If you are taking other corticosteroid medicines for allergy, either by mouth or injection, your doctor may advise you to stop taking them once you begin using Nasonex.
Do not use Nasonex if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Nasonex.
Taking steroids may put you at a higher risk for infections. Nasonex is a nasal steroid and may suppress the immune system. Oral steroids (those taken by mouth) are more likely to cause immune suppression, but it is possible with Nasonex. Before starting Nasonex, let your doctor know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as Nasonex may allow these infections to worsen by weakening the immune system.
Nasonex, like all steroids, may slow the growth rate of children and teenagers.
Nasonex can cause glaucoma or cataracts or worsen these conditions.
Avoid exposure to measles and chicken pox. If you are exposed to measles or chicken pox while using Nasonex, call your doctor right away.
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Nasonex there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Nasonex.
Before you take Nasonex, tell your doctor if you:
- have had recent nasal sores, nasal surgery, or nasal injury.
- have eye or vision problems, such as cataracts or glaucoma (increased pressure in your eye).
- have tuberculosis or any untreated fungal, bacterial, viral infections, or eye infections caused by herpes.
- have been near someone who has chickenpox or measles. have any other medical conditions.
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Nasonex will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known whether Nasonex passes into your breast milk.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Nasonex will harm your unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known whether Nasonex passes into your breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.
- Use Nasonex exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- This medicine is for use in the nose only. Do not spray it into your mouth or eyes.
- Shake the pump before each use.
- An adult should help a young child use this medicine.
- For best results, you should keep using Nasonex regularly each day without missing a dose. If you do miss a dose of Nasonex, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take more than the daily dose prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not use Nasonex more often than prescribed.
Before you use Nasonex the first time, read the written instructions that come with it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use it. To use the nasal inhalation, follow these steps:
Gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
Close one nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright while inserting the nasal applicator into the other nostril.
For each spray, press down firmly once on the shoulders of the white applicator using your forefinger and middle finger. Support the base of the bottle with your thumb. Breathe gently inward through the nostril.
Breathe out through the mouth.
Repeat in the other nostril.
Replace the plastic cap.
Before using a new pump of Nasonex for the first time, prime the pump by spraying ten times or until a fine spray appears. If you do not use the pump for more than 1 week, prime it again by spraying two times or until a fine spray appears.
Take Nasonex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Your doctor will determine the best dose for you. The recommended Nasonex dose is one to two sprays once a day in each nostril.
It may take up to two weeks before you feel the full benefit of Nasonex.
If you have taken too much Nasonex, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away. There have been only a few cases of people taking too much Nasonex. Short-term overdose of Nasonex may cause nothing more than the usual Nasonex side effects. However, taking large doses of Nasonex for long periods of time may cause serious problems and may require treatment.
Nasonex (mometasone furoate monohydrate) Nasal Spray, 50 mcg is supplied in a white, high-density, polyethylene bottle fitted with a white metered-dose, manual spray pump, and blue cap. It contains 17 g of product formulation, 120 sprays, each delivering 50 mcg of mometasone furoate per actuation.
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from light.
When Nasonex Nasal Spray, 50 mcg is removed from its cardboard container, prolonged exposure of the product to direct light should be avoided. Brief exposure to light, as with normal use, is acceptable.
SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE.
Keep out of reach of children.