- Psoriasis Slideshow: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
- Psoriasis Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ
- Moderate to Severe Forms of Psoriasis Slideshow
- What is mometasone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for mometasone?
- Is mometasone available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for mometasone?
- What are the side effects of mometasone?
- What is the dosage for mometasone?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with mometasone?
- Is mometasone safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about mometasone?
What is mometasone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Mometasone is a synthetic (man-made) glucocorticoid (steroid) that is used on the skin to relieve itching and inflammation of eczema, dermatitis, allergy and other skin rashes. The naturally-occurring glucocorticoid is cortisol or hydrocortisone which is produced in the body by the adrenal glands. Drugs within the same class as mometasone include betamethasone dipropionate (Diprosone), triamcinolone (Aristocort), diflorasone diacetate (Florone), and others. Application of glucocorticoids such as mometasone to the skin may suppress the body's own production of cortisol by the adrenal glands; however mometasone and others within its class are considered intermediate in potency and are less likely to have this effect as compared to highly potent glucocorticoids. Mometasone works by suppressing inflammation and the immune response associated with inflammation. Mometasone was approved by the FDA in 1987.
What are the side effects of mometasone?
The most commonly noted side effects associated with mometasone are:
- itching, and
Dryness, or redness of the skin which may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin.
What is the dosage for mometasone?
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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with mometasone?
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.
Is mometasone safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
It is not known if mometasone is secreted in breast milk therefore caution should be exercised when administered to a nursing woman.
What else should I know about mometasone?
What preparations of mometasone are available?
Ointment, cream, and lotion, all in a 0.1% concentration.
How should I keep mometasone stored?
All preparations should be kept between 2 C - 25 C (36 F - 77 F). The lotion should be shaken before each use.
Mometasone (Elocon) is a steroid medication used to relieve the inflammation and itching of skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, rashes, skin allergies, anal itching, and more. Side effects, drug interactions, warnings and precautions, and safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Quiz
COPD is a combination of three conditions? Take this quiz to learn the three conditions that make up the pulmonary disease called...
Atopic Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Quiz: Test Your Skin Disorders IQ
Does dry, itchy, flaky, scaly, red, inflamed skin sound familiar to you? Take the Atopic Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Quiz to learn...
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Quiz: Test Your SLE IQ
This Lupus Quiz covers causes, signs, symptoms, facts, and treatments for this inflammatory autoimmune disease....
Picture of Eczema
A particular type of inflammatory reaction of the skin in which there are typically vesicles (tiny blister-like raised areas) in...
Picture of Lichen Simplex Chronicus
Hyperpigmented, lichenified plaque with accentuated skin lined caused by repeated rubbing of the area. See a picture of Lichen...
Related Disease Conditions
The word "rash" means an outbreak of red bumps on the body. The way people use this term, "a rash" can refer to many different...
Anal itching is the irritation of the skin at the exit of the rectum, known as the anus, accompanied by the desire to scratch....
Eczema is a general term for many types dermatitis (skin inflammation). Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of...
Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that may cause large plaques of red, raised skin, flakes of dry skin, and skin scales....
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Symptoms, Causes, Stages, Life Expectancy
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung condition caused by smoking tobacco, exposure to secondhand smoke, and/or...
Eczema refers to skin inflammation. There are many different types of eczema that produce symptoms and signs that range from...
Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE)
Systemic lupus erythematosus is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of body tissues caused by autoimmune disease....
An allergy refers to a misguided reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. ...
Dandruff (seborrhea) is a skin disorder that results from neither too much moisture nor too much oil. Dandruff can be treated...
There are two types of asthma medications: long-term control with anti-inflammatory drugs and quick relief from bronchodilators....
Treatment & Diagnosis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus FAQs
- Eczema FAQs
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) FAQs
- Medication Disposal
- Dangers of Mixing Medications
- How To Reduce Your Medication Costs
- Pharmacy Visit, How To Get The Most Out of Your Visit
- Indications for Drugs: Approved vs. Non-approved
- Drugs: Buying Prescription Drugs Online Safely
- Drugs: The Most Common Medication Errors
- Generic Drugs, Are They as Good as Brand-Names?
Medications & Supplements
Prevention & Wellness
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.