mometasone, Elocon (cont.)

Pharmacy Author:
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

SIDE EFFECTS: The most commonly noted side effects associated with mometasone are:

  • stinging,
  • burning,
  • itching, and
  • irritation,

Dryness, or redness of the skin which may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Ointment, cream, and lotion, all in a 0.1% concentration.

STORAGE: All preparations should be kept between 2 C - 25 C (36 F - 77 F). The lotion should be shaken before each use.

DOSING: To use mometasone cream or ointment, a thin film should be applied to the affected skin once daily. To apply the lotion, a few drops should be place on the affected areas once daily and massaged lightly until it disappears.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: The combination of mometasone and anthralin topicals (used to treat psoriasis) should not be used since concomitant use may increase the symptoms of psoriasis. It is therefore advisable to discontinue topical steroids one week before starting anthralin.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies in pregnant women. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if mometasone is secreted in breast milk therefore caution should be exercised when administered to a nursing woman.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/19/2015


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