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Nasonex (mometasone furoate) is a corticosteroid nasal spray effective in preventing or reducing the symptoms of allergic reactions in the nasal passages. It is also effective at treating nasal polyps.
The active ingredient in this product is a steroid. Steroid use spanning weeks or months--as is often the case with Nasonex--can act as an immune system suppressant, which means:
Nasonex should not be used when:
Treatment should not exceed 6 months.
The medication comes in a metered-dose spray unit. Each spray delivers 50 mcg of mometasone furoate. The unit needs to be primed by spraying it 10 times prior to first use.
Preventing and Treating Allergies
Allergies occur when the body overreacts to substances in the environment, typically pollen or animal dander, causing the nasal passages to become inflamed and often producing copious amounts of mucous. The resulting symptoms are all-too-familiar to anyone who suffers from allergies:
Nasonex greatly alleviates the severity of symptoms, and sometimes prevents or eliminates them altogether. As a preventive measure treatment should start 2 to 4 weeks prior to the anticipated allergen exposure; otherwise it may be started at any time symptoms are present. Other than starting times, administration is identical in both cases:
If fighting an active allergic reaction, improvement should be noticeable within 24 to 48 hours of the first dose. It may take up to 2 weeks for the full benefit to be felt. When used as a preventive treatment allergy symptoms may never develop at all; or, if they do, they should be very minimal.
If Nasonex is not producing significant results after 2 weeks of treatment, alternative therapies should be explored.
Treating Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are non-cancerous, fleshy growths inside the nasal passages or sinuses. Untreated, polyps may grow in size and number until they begin to:
Nasonex is administered in larger doses for nasal polyps:
Treatment with Nasonex gradually reduces the size of the polyps, and may eventually eradicate them altogether, eliminating the need for surgical intervention.
The most common side effects associated with Nasonex are mild headaches, sore throat and nosebleeds. If more serious adverse reactions occur, stop use until speaking with a doctor:
Very rarely some individuals develop glaucoma or cataracts during treatment; regular eye exams are advisable.
Stop using Nasonex and seek medical attention if injury, illness, or infection occurs during treatment.
No current Rx required
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.