Mometasone Inhalation Solution

Name: Mometasone Inhalation Solution

Highlights for mometasone

Mometasone is a corticosteroid that comes in five forms: inhalation powder or aerosol, nasal spray, and topical cream, lotion, or ointment.

Mometasone inhalation aerosol is used to prevent symptoms of asthma.

Mometasone inhalation aerosol is available as the brand-name drug Asmanex HFA. It’s not available as a generic drug.

The more common side effects of this drug include headache, bronchitis, the flu, and inflammation and irritation of your nose, throat, or sinuses.

In some cases, mometasone inhalation aerosol can cause serious side effects. These can include allergic reactions, thrush (a fungal infection in your mouth and throat), other infections, and eye problems.

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What is mometasone?

Mometasone is a prescription drug. It comes in five forms: inhalation powder, inhalation aerosol, nasal spray, and topical cream, lotion, or ointment.

Mometasone inhalation aerosol is available as the brand-name drug Asmanex HFA. It’s not available as a generic drug.

Mometasone inhalation aerosol may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Why it's used

Mometasone inhalation aerosol is used to prevent asthma symptoms.

How it works

Mometasone inhalation aerosol belongs to a class of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids.

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Mometasone Side Effects

More common side effects

The more common side effects of mometasone inhalation aerosol include:

  • headache

  • swelling of your nose, throat, or sinuses

  • bronchitis

  • the flu

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Worsening asthma or sudden asthma attacks

  • Thrush (fungal infection in your mouth or throat). Symptoms can include:

    • white spots in your mouth or throat
    • pain when swallowing
  • Infections. Symptoms can include:

    • fever
    • tiredness
    • pain throughout your body
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • body aches
    • chills
  • Adrenal insufficiency (when your adrenal glands don’t make enough steroid hormones). Symptoms can include:

    • tiredness or exhaustion
    • weakness
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • dizziness
    • fainting spells
  • Wheezing

  • Decreased bone mass (typically does not have symptoms)

  • Slowed growth in children

  • Eye problems, such as glaucoma or cataracts. Symptoms can include:

    • vision changes
    • blurry vision
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.

Mometasone May Interact with Other Medications

Mometasone inhalation aerosol can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Medications that might interact with this drug

Interactions that increase your risk of side effects

Side effects from mometasone: Taking mometasone inhalation aerosol with certain medications raises your risk of side effects from mometasone. This is because the amount of mometasone in your body may be increased. Examples of these drugs include:

  • Antifungal drugs, such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, or voriconazole
    • Increased side effects of mometasone can include increased risk of infection and bone mineral loss. These may only occur with long-term use of these drugs. Your doctor will likely monitor your use of any of these drugs while you take mometasone.
  • Antibiotic drugs such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, or telithromycin
    • Increased side effects of mometasone can include increased risk of infection and bone mineral loss. These may only occur with long-term use of these drugs. Your doctor will likely monitor your use of any of these drugs while you take mometasone.
  • HIV drugs, such as atazanavir, darunavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, or saquinavir
    • Increased side effects of mometasone can include increased risk of infection and bone mineral loss. These may only occur with long-term use of these drugs. Your doctor will likely monitor your use of any of these drugs while you take mometasone.
  • Hepatitis C drugs such as boceprevir, ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or telapravir
    • Increased side effects of mometasone can include increased risk of infection and bone mineral loss. These may only occur with long-term use of these drugs. Your doctor will likely monitor your use of any of these drugs while you take mometasone.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking. Drug warnings

People with a weakened immune system

If you have a weakened immune system or are taking immunosuppressant medications, this drug raises your risk of infection. You should avoid being around anyone who has an infection, such as a chickenpox or measles infection.

People with acute asthma

Do not use this drug to treat sudden episodes of asthma. Your doctor will prescribe a rescue inhaler to use for sudden asthma attacks.

People with osteoporosis

Mometasone inhalation aerosol can cause low bone mineral density. Tell your doctor if you already have this condition, are taking other medications that can decrease bone mass (such as anticonvulsants or corticosteroids), or have osteoporosis. Your doctor should monitor your bone mineral density during your treatment with mometasone inhalation powder.

People with glaucoma or cataracts

Mometasone inhalation aurosol can cause glaucoma or cataracts. Tell your doctor if you already have one of these conditions before starting treatment with mometasone inhalation powder. This drug can make your eye problems worse. Let your doctor know if you have any vision changes while taking this drug.

People with hypercorticism or adrenal suppression

Mometasone inhalation aerosol can cause hypercorticism or adrenal suppression. These are conditions that change the levels of steroid hormones in your body. In rare cases, this effect can be fatal (cause death). Tell your doctor if you already have one of these conditions before starting treatment with mometasone inhalation aerosol. This drug may make your condition worse.

People with liver disease

Your body may not be able to process this drug well. As a result, you may have higher levels of mometasone in your body. This can lead to increased side effects.

Pregnant women

Mometasone is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This drug should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Women who are breast-feeding

It’s not known whether mometasone passes into breast milk and causes side effects in a child who is breastfed.

Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or to stop taking this medication.

For children

  • Mometasone inhalation aerosol can decrease growth rate in children. To avoid this side effect, your child should receive the lowest dose that controls their symptoms. Your child’s doctor will likely monitor your child’s growth regularly during treatment with this drug.
  • Mometasone inhalation aerosol is more likely to cause adrenal insufficiency in children than in adults.
  • Mometasone inhalation aerosol should not be used in children younger than 4 years of age.

When to call the doctor

Call your doctor right away if:

  • your condition gets worse
  • you become pregnant while using this drug

Allergies

Mometasone inhalation aerosol can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • hives
  • face reddening
  • skin rash
  • trouble breathing

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

How to Take mometasone (Dosage)

All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

Asthma

Brand: Asmanex HFA

Form: inhalation suspension, pressurized (inhalation aerosol) Strengths: 100 mcg, 200 mcg Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Adults who have received medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids before: 100 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
  • Adults who have received high-dose inhaled corticosteroids before: 200 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
  • Adults who have received oral corticosteroids before: 200 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
Child dosage (ages 12–17 years)
  • Children who have received medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids before: 100 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
  • Children who have received high-dose inhaled corticosteroids before: 200 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
  • Children who have received oral corticosteroids before: 200 mcg (two inhalations) twice per day (morning and evening)
Child dosage (ages 4–11 years)

100 mcg (two inhalations) once per day

Child dosage (ages 0–3 years)

Mometasone inhalation aerosol should not be used in children younger than 4 years of age.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you. Important considerations for taking mometasone

Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor

Store mometasone inhalation aerosol carefully

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A prescription for this medication is refillable

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Travel

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Self-management

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Clinical monitoring

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Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead

Insurance

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Are there any alternatives?

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