Nasonex (Mometasone Furoate)
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Nasonex nasal spray is an inhaled medication that is used to help treat the symptoms of both seasonal and year-round allergies. It’s used by people with allergic rhinitis, sometimes called hay fever. It is also used to treat adults who have nasal polyps.
The active ingredient in this medication is called mometasone. This is a type of medication called a corticosteroid. It helps allergy sufferers by decreasing the amount of inflammation and swelling in their noses. This makes it much easier for the patient to breathe. As a corticosteroid, mometasone keeps specific cells from releasing certain substances that are the cause of the patient’s allergic reaction.
This medication is helpful for preventing and treating allergy symptoms. These can include a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching eyes or nose. Many people get watery eyes or have a sore throat from post-nasal drip. Taking this medication can temporarily alleviate these symptoms and allow patients to be more comfortable. It’s a prescription medication that can also be purchased over the counter in some countries. It’s used every day for the best results. Always follow your doctor’s instructions about how to use it and how often.
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- Precautions and Warnings Of Nasonex
- Nasonex Side Effects
- Nasonex Drug Interactions
- Nasonex Strengths and Dosages
- Cost of Nasonex in America
Precautions and Warnings Of Nasonex
You should attend any checkup appointments with your doctor so they can make sure that the medication is working well and that you aren’t having any unwanted effects from it. If the medication isn’t working after a few days, tell your doctor. It’s possible for Nasonex to cause thrush, a fungal infection that can appear in the throat or mouth. If this happens, you’ll have white patches in that area, and you may have pain when you swallow or eat.
Nasonex can also give you a higher risk of having certain nasal problems. If you use this medication and get sores in your nose, nosebleeds you can’t explain, or bloody mucus, let your doctor know right away. It’s also possible for this medication to cause changes in your vision. If you notice vision changes like having a hard time reading or blurry vision, talk to your doctor. They may want you to see an eye doctor to get checked out.
This medication hasn’t been studied in children under the age of two. It’s generally not recommended for children that age. It also isn’t known whether it works to prevent seasonal allergies in people under 12. For those who are younger than 18, it isn’t known whether it’s helpful for treating nasal polyps. It also isn’t known whether this medication is found in breastmilk. Talk to your doctor about the risks versus the benefits of using it while breastfeeding.
If you have a history of glaucoma or cataracts, make sure your doctor knows. This medication can make these conditions worse. If you have an infection such as measles, tuberculosis, or herpes in the eye, tell your doctor. If you’ve recently had nasal sores, nose surgery, or a nose injury, you might not be able to take Nasonex. If you have liver disease, it may mean that you can’t take Nasonex. Liver problems would cause it to be removed from the body slower, and this will increase its effects.
While you’re taking this medication, stay away from anyone with an infectious disease such as measles, the flu, or chickenpox. If you’re exposed to them, let your doctor know about it. It’s also possible for this medication to cause a slowdown in the growth of children, though this is only temporary and doesn’t happen often. This medication can make it more likely that you’ll develop problems with your adrenal gland. If you develop adrenal gland problems, you may notice these symptoms:
- Skin darkening
- Loss of appetite
- Skin rash
- Weight loss
- Feeling unusually weak or tires
Nasonex Side Effects
Most medications can have side effects, and Nasonex is no exception. Most people who use it have no unwanted side effects, but there are some that could happen to patients.
If you have any of these symptoms happen, let your doctor know about them. It may signify a serious problem. There are also a number of rarer side effects that include earaches, chest pain, trouble breathing, nose sores, white patches, and redness or discharge in your eyes. Other side effects that have an unknown rate of incidence include blurry vision, hives or rash, having a hard time swallowing, eyelid puffiness or itching, feeling weak and tired, and having a rapid heartbeat. Many times, patients who have side effects find that they go away after taking the medication for a while.
It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to this medication. This is rare, but it’s important to know the signs of a reaction in case it should happen. These include having trouble breathing and, getting swelling in the face or inside the mouth. It’s possible to have an allergic reaction to the active ingredient in this medication as well as the inactive ones. If you have an allergy to any substance, make your doctor aware of it in case it could affect your use of Nasonex.
There are a number of side effects that are more common than others. Most side effects are mild while others are moderate or severe. The most common side effects include:
- Sore throat
- Nosebleeds or bloody mucus
- Bone or muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
- Runny or stuffy nose
Nasonex Drug Interactions
Mometasone, the active ingredient in , can have an interaction with a number of different medications. Your doctor has to know everything that you’re taking, even over-the-counter medications, to make sure you are able to take Nasonex. Some drugs may affect the metabolism of the active ingredient by the liver. Others may make the side effects worse. Some of the drugs that can interfere with Nasonex include ketoconazole, ritonavir, clarithromycin (such as Biaxin), medications containing cobicistat, telithromycin, nelfinavir, and several others. Your doctor may need to prescribe a different drug for you to avoid interactions.
Nasonex Strengths and Dosages
Nasonex is a nasal spray that has metered doses that are applied into the nose. Each spray contains 50 mcg of the medication. The container has a cap to prevent spilling or contamination, and the applicator has a manual pump. The container has 17 grams of the medication and can deliver 120 sprays. There are also versions that come with only 60 sprays. The medication should be stored at room temperature and should be protected from light.
Before using it, the bottle has to be shaken thoroughly. When you first use a new container of Nasonex, spray it a few times in the air to get it primed and ready to deliver the medication. It’s then placed into the nose and the manual pump is used to deliver it in a mist.
Cost of Nasonex in America
Nasonex can be prescribed, or it can be bought over the counter. Some people use their health insurance to buy their prescription Nasonex because it may be less expensive than buying it over the counter. When you buy an OTC version of the drug, it costs around $17 for a 60-count spray. You may be able to pay less if you have a very low co-pay with medications on your health plan. The 120-count generally costs about $70 with a prescription. There are generics of the active ingredient mometasone. The generic costs about $50 without insurance.
What does Nasonex do?
Nasonex treats and helps to prevent allergic rhinitis. It can help with a number of symptoms of seasonal allergies as well as year-long allergies.
How does it work?
It’s a corticosteroid that treats nasal swelling and inflammation so that patients can breathe more easily.
What kind of symptoms can it help with?
It can treat and help prevent symptoms like nasal swelling, stuffy nose, itching eyes, itchy nose, and runny nose.
How do you take it?
It’s a nasal spray. You place the tapered applicated into each nostril and pull down on the pump to cause it to release the medication into the nose.
Does the medication have a smell?
No, it’s made to be scent-free. There will be no smell when you insert the applicator into the nose.
Will this medication make me sleepy?
In general, no. It’s a non-drowsy formula that isn’t supposed to cause any drowsiness. If it does, tell your doctor. This can be a rare side effect of Nasonex.
Does Nasonex help with outdoor or indoor allergies?
It helps with both. If you have a reaction to allergens either inside or outside, this medication can help with the symptoms.
Are there any animal products in Nasonex?
No, there are no animal ingredients.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.