mometasone, Elocon (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Uses of mometasone include allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, discoid lupus erythematosus, genital organ pruritus, granuloma annulare, lichen simplex chronicus, plaque psoriasis, pruritus ani (anal itching), psoriasis of the scalp, and seborrheic dermatitis.

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.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most commonly noted side effects associated with mometasone are stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness of the skin which may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2009

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