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Nasonex

Classification: Allergies
Generic Name: Mometasone furoate monohydrate
Typical Brand Names: Nasonex

Nasonex nasal spray contains the active ingredient mometasone furoate, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. Corticosteroid medicines are derivatives of corticosteroid hormones that are produced naturally by the adrenal glands. They are often simply called steroids, but it should be noted that they are very different from another group of steroids, called anabolic steroids, which have gained notoriety because of their abuse by some athletes and body builders.

Corticosteroids have many important functions in the body, including control of inflammatory responses. Corticosteroid medicines are mainly used for their effect in controlling inflammation, and corticosteroid nasal sprays are used for the localised treatment of nasal allergies.

Inflammation often occurs as a result of an allergic reaction, and people who suffer from nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis), such as hayfever, or dust mite or pet allergies, tend to experience a variety of symptoms due to this inflammation. Inflammation of the nasal passage forces fluid out of the nasal tissues, resulting in a runny and blocked nose. Other symptoms include sneezing, and watery, itchy eyes.

Mometasone works by stopping the cells in the nasal lining from producing various inflammation-causing chemicals that are normally released when the body reacts to allergens or irritation. These include prostaglandins and various other inflammatory substances. By preventing these inflammatory chemicals from being released in the nose, mometasone reduces the inflammation and relieves its related symptoms.

The nasal spray delivers mometasone directly to the area where it is needed, which reduces the chance of side effects occurring elsewhere in the body.

Mometasone nasal spray treats the symptoms of nasal allergies, such as hayfever, pet allergy or dust mite allergy. It can also be used to prevent hayfever in people who suffer severely from this type of allergy. Treatment should be started four weeks prior to the pollen season for this purpose.

Product Name Price
Nasonex 50 mcg - 1 x 17 gm Nasal Spray $134.59
Nasonex 50 mcg - 2 x 17 gm Nasal Sprays $217.18
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Nasonex Directions To Use

Shake Nasonex well before each use. Prime the spray pump as instructed by your pharmacist. Use as directed generally two sprays in each nostril daily.

Do not use this drug more often or longer than prescribed. Use Nasonex regularly during the prescribed treatment period for full benefit. If the drug is used for seasonal allergy, therapy is best started 2-4 weeks before the season. Improvement in symptoms occurs generally within 2 days and full benefit occurs after 1-2 weeks of use.

Use Nasonex nasal spray exactly as directed by your doctor. Read the information insert included with your medication. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Shake the Nasonex medication well before each dose. If your nose is congested, try to clear it before using your medication to be sure that the medicine gets into your nasal passages. If you are also using a decongestant spray, use it to open up your nasal passages before using Nasonex nasal. However, do not use a decongestant spray unless your doctor approves.

  • Remove the plastic dust cap from the Nasonex nasal applicator. Prior to initial use of Nasonex nasal spray, the pump must be primed by spraying ten times or until a fine Nasonex spray appears. The pump may be stored unused for up to 1 week without repriming. If unused for more than one week, reprime by pumping two times, or until a fine spray appears.
  • Close one nostril and tilt your head slightly forward. Insert the tip of the nasal applicator about 1 cm (one-half inch) into your nostril, pointing it straight up into the nasal canal. Press firmly downward once on the shoulders of the applicator, using your forefinger and middle finger while supporting the base of the bottle with your thumb. Breathe gently inward through the nostril as you pump. Then breathe out through the mouth. Repeat this process for the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor. Remove the pump from your nose. Repeat this procedure in the other nostril then replace the dust cap.
  • Do not use more Nasonex than prescribed for you. Never use more than 2 Nasonex sprays in each nostril (200 mcg total) per day. It may take a few weeks to see the effects of Nasonex nasal. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Do not spray Nasonex nasal into the eyes.
  • To clean the applicator, remove the plastic dust cap and pull gently on the nasal applicator so that it comes free. Wash the applicator and dust cap with cold water. Dry and replace the applicator and dust cap.
  • Store Nasonex nasal at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Avoid prolonged exposure of the product to direct light when Nasonex nasal is removed from its cardboard container.
     

Nasonex Warnings and Side Effects

Before using Nasonex, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection of any kind. The absorption of this drug into your system can inhibit your body's ability to fight off infections. You may not be able to use Nasonex if you have an infection. Before using Nasonex, tell your doctor if you have a nasal septum ulcer, recently had nasal surgery, or nasal damage. You may not be able to use Nasonex, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment. Nasonex is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Nasonex will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is unknown whether Nasonex passes into breast milk. Do not use Nasonex without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby. Nasonex is not approved for children use younger than 3 years of age.

Headache or sore throat might occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Very unlikely but report promptly: vision changes, unusual nasal bleeding or irritation/pain, blood-tinged mucus/phlegm, unusual increase in thirst or urination, nausea, weakness, weight loss. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Nasonex, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Nasonex Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Nasonex, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Nasonex Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15-30°C (59-86°F). Protect from light. When Nasonex Nasal Spray, 50 mcg is removed from its cardboard container, prolonged exposure of the product to direct light should be avoided. Brief exposure to light, as with normal use, is acceptable.

Nasonex Overdose

An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur. If you do think that an overdose has occurred, call an emergency room or poison control left.

Nasonex More Information

Avoid items or activities that you know are allergens for you if they make your symptoms worse. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may aggravate your condition. Avoid exposing yourself to known sources of infection. Stay away from people with chicken pox, measles, or any other type of infectious disease. Your immune system may not be strong enough to fight off an infection while you are using Nasonex.

Nasonex Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.