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- What is mometasone furoate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for mometasone furoate?
- Is mometasone furoate available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for mometasone furoate?
- What are the side effects of mometasone furoate?
- What is the dosage for mometasone furoate?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with mometasone furoate?
- Is mometasone furoate safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about mometasone furoate?
What is mometasone furoate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Mometasone furoate is a synthetic (man-made) steroid hormone in the glucocorticoid family of steroid hormones that is used for the treatment of nasal allergy. The naturally occurring glucocorticoid hormone is cortisol or hydrocortisone which is produced in the adrenal glands. Glucocorticoid hormones are potent reducers of inflammation (anti-inflammatory). When used as a nasal inhaler or spray, medications travel directly to the inner lining of the nose, and very little is absorbed into the body to cause side effects. The FDA approved mometasone in October 1997.
What brand names are available for mometasone furoate?
Is mometasone furoate available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for mometasone furoate?
What are the side effects of mometasone furoate?
The most common side effects associated with nasal mometasone furoate are:
Nasal septal perforation, fungal infection of the nose, and disturbances of taste and smell have been reported. Higher doses of mometasone may cause suppression of the body's ability to make its own natural glucocorticoid in the adrenal gland. People with suppression of their adrenal glands (which can be diagnosed by a doctor) would need increased amounts of glucocorticoids, probably by the oral or intravenous route, during periods of high physical stress or acute illness when glucocorticoids are particularly important. Intranasal steroids may cause growth suppression, weaken the immune system, and may increase the risk of glaucoma, and cataracts.
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