Mometasone

Generic name: mometasone topical
Brand name: Elocon
Dosage forms: topical cream (0.1%); topical lotion (0.1%); topical ointment (0.1%)
Drug class: Topical steroids

Medically reviewed by  A Ras MD.

What is mometasone used for?

Mometasone is a prescription medicine that is used to treat skin irritation. It is used to treat skin rashes.

Description

Mometasone furoate cream USP, 0.1% contains mometasone furoate, USP for topical use. Mometasone furoate, USP is a synthetic corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory activity.

Chemically, mometasone furoate, USP is 9α,21-dichloro-11β,17-dihydroxy-16α-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione 17-(2-furoate), with the molecular formula C27H30Cl2O6, a molecular weight of 521.4 and the following structural formula:

Mometasone

Mometasone furoate, USP is a white to off-white powder practically insoluble in water, slightly soluble in octanol, and moderately soluble in ethyl alcohol.

Each gram of Mometasone furoate cream USP, 0.1% contains 1 mg mometasone furoate, USP in a white to off-white cream base of hexylene glycol, phosphoric acid, propylene glycol monostearate, stearyl alcohol and ceteareth 20, titanium dioxide, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, beeswax, white petrolatum, and purified water.

Mechanism of Action

Like other topical corticosteroids, mometasone furoate has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and vasoconstrictive properties. The mechanism of the anti-inflammatory activity of the topical steroids, in general, is unclear. However, corticosteroids are thought to act by the induction of phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins, collectively called lipocortins. It is postulated that these proteins control the biosynthesis of potent mediators of inflammation such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes by inhibiting the release of their common precursor arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is released from membrane phospholipids by phospholipase A2.

Before taking mometasone, tell your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to mometasone; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take mometasone with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take mometasone?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take mometasone. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use to treat diaper rash.
  • Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants if treated part is in the diaper area. This may cause more drug to get into the body.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin.
  • Use care when putting on a large part of the skin or where there are open wounds. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use mometasone for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
  • Different forms of mometasone may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving mometasone to a child.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using mometasone while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is mometasone best taken?

Use mometasone as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Do not take mometasone by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not put on the face, underarms, or the groin area unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by the doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are the side effects of mometasone that I need to call my doctor about immediately?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
  • Signs of Cushing’s disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).
  • Irritation where mometasone is used.
  • Thinning of the skin.
  • Change in eyesight.

What are some other side effects of mometasone?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Tingling.
  • Itching.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If overdose is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out mometasone?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Label

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 15 g Tube Container
  • NDC 0168-0270-15
  • Fougera
  • MOMETASONE FUROATE
    CREAM USP, 0.1%
  • Rx only
  • FOR DERMATOLOGIC USE ONLY.
    NOT FOR OPHTHALMIC USE.
    KEEP OUT OF THE REACH
    OF CHILDREN.
  • NET WT 15 grams
PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 15 g Tube

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 15 g carton
  • NDC 0168-0270-15
  • Rx only
  • Fougera
  • MOMETASONE FUROATE
    CREAM USP, 0.1%
  • FOR DERMATOLOGIC USE ONLY.
    NOT FOR OPHTHALMIC USE.
  • KEEP OUT OF THE REACH
    OF CHILDREN.
  • NET WT 15 grams
PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 15 g Tube

SRC: NLM .

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