mometasone topical (Rx)

Brand and Other Names:Elocon
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

cream/lotion/ointment

  • 0.1%

Inflammatory Hyperkeratotic Dermatosis

Apply cream, lotion or ointment to affected area qDay

Administration

Do not use with occlusive dressings

Other Indications & Uses

Dermatosis-associated inflammation and pruritus

Potency: Medium

Dosage Forms & Strengths

cream/lotion/ointment

  • 0.1%

Inflammatory Hyperkeratotic Dermatosis

<2 years: Safety and efficacy not established

2 years or older: As adults: apply cream, lotion or ointment to affected area qDay

Use beyond 3 weeks not studied

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            Adverse Effects

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            Irritation

            Dryness

            Folliculitis

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

            Cautions

            Safety/efficacy in children use for longer than 3 wk not established; pediatric patients may be more susceptible to systemic toxicity

            Do not use with occlusive dressings

            Not for acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, diaper dermatitis

            If concomitant skin infections are present or develop, use appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent; if favorable response does not occur promptly, therapy should be discontinued until infection has been adequately controlled

            If irritation develops, discontinue therapy and institute appropriate therapy; allergic contact dermatitis with corticosteroids is usually diagnosed by observing failure to heal rather than noting a clinical exacerbation; corroborate observation with appropriate diagnostic patch testing

            Use of topical corticosteroids may increase risk of posterior subcapsular cataracts and glaucoma; cataracts and glaucoma reported in postmarketing experience with therapy; avoid contact with eyes; advise patients to report any visual symptoms and consider referral to ophthalmologist for evaluation

            Endocrine system effects

            • Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids can produce reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression with potential for glucocorticosteroid insufficiency; this may occur during treatment or after withdrawal of treatment
            • Manifestations of Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria can be produced in some patients by systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids while on treatment
            • Factors that predispose a patient using a topical corticosteroid to HPA axis suppression include use of high potency steroids, large treatment surface areas, prolonged use, use of occlusive dressing, altered skin barrier, liver failure and young age
            • Because of potential for systemic absorption, use of topical corticosteroids may require that patients be periodically evaluated for HPA axis suppression; this may be done by using the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation test
            • If HPA axis suppression documented, attempt to gradually withdraw drug, to reduce frequency of application, or to substitute a less potent corticosteroid; recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt upon discontinuation of topical corticosteroids; infrequently, signs and symptoms of glucocorticosteroid insufficiency may occur, requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids
            • Pediatric patients may be more susceptible to systemic toxicity from equivalent doses due to their larger skin surface to body mass ratios
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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: C

            Lactation: use caution

            Pregnancy Categories

            A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA: Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Absorption: 0.4%

            Metabolism: hepatic P450 enzyme CYP3A4

            Excretion: N/A

            Potency

            Medium

            Relative potency: ointment >cream >lotion >solution

            Very-high: clobetasol, diflorasone diacetate ointment 0.05%, halobetasol

            High: betamethasone dipropionate 0.05%, amcinonide, fluocinonide, desoximetasone, mometasone, diflorasone emollient 0.05%, halcinonide

            Medium: triamcinolone, betamethasone valerate 0.1%, fluticasone, flurandrenolide, fluocinolone 0.025%, hydrocortisone

            Mild: hydrocortisone 0.5, 1, 2.5% base, desonide, alclometasone

            Mechanism of Action

            Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid

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            mometasone nasal

            MOMETASONE SPRAY - NASAL

            (mow-MET-uh-sown)

            COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Nasonex

            USES: Mometasone is used to prevent and treat seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms (such as stuffy/runny nose, itching, and sneezing). It is also used to treat certain growths in the nose (nasal polyps). Mometasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling (inflammation) in the nasal passages.

            HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using mometasone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Use this medication in the nose as directed by your doctor, usually once a day for runny nose (rhinitis) and once or twice a day for polyps. Do not spray in the eyes or mouth. Gently blow your nose before using this drug. Shake the container well before each use. Follow the instructions to properly prime the spray pump.To use the spray, remove the protective cap. Close one nostril by pressing it with your finger. Tilt your head slightly forward and, keeping the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril. Press down firmly on the pump to deliver the prescribed number of sprays. Do not spray directly onto the middle wall of your nose (nasal septum). Breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat in the other nostril. Wipe the applicator tip and replace the plastic cap. Avoid blowing your nose for 15 minutes after using this medication.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Younger children may need a smaller dose and help from an adult to use this medication properly. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Do not increase your dose or use it more frequently than directed.This medication does not work right away. Some people will feel this medication working within 2 days, but it may take up to 2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. When using mometasone to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms, you may need to start this medication 2-4 weeks before pollen season begins. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should also use other medications (such as nose drops/spray, allergy drugs taken by mouth) along with this drug until it takes full effect.Keep track of the number of sprays used from the container. Discard the container after you have used the number of sprays specified on the manufacturer's package. Follow the package instructions to unblock the spray tip if needed and to clean the spray bottle.Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks or if they worsen.

            SIDE EFFECTS: See also Precautions.Nose/throat dryness or irritation, blood-tinged mucus/phlegm, and nosebleeds may occur. If any of these side effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if any of these serious side effects occur: pain/sores in your nose, white patches in your nose/mouth, painful swallowing/trouble swallowing.Rarely, it is possible that corticosteroids given in the nose will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time and in high doses. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

            PRECAUTIONS: Before using mometasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye problems (such as glaucoma, cataracts), infections (including tuberculosis, herpes eye infection), recent nose problems (such as injury, ulcers, surgery).Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).Though it is unlikely, this medication may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

            DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

            OVERDOSE: If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

            NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.Medical examinations (especially of your nose and eyes) should be performed periodically during prolonged use of this medication to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.Make sure all of your doctors know that you are using this medication or have used it in the past.

            MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

            STORAGE: Store upright at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets.Different brands of this medication may have different storage requirements. Read the package labeling or ask your pharmacist for the storage requirements for the product you are using.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

            Information last revised March 2022. Copyright(c) 2022 First Databank, Inc.

            IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

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