Compare Asmanex vs. Nasonex

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Asmanex
(mometasone)

Nasonex
(mometasone)

Prevents breathing problems. Asmanex (Mometasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.
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4.65Asmanex
Reviews for Asmanex (mometasone)
54%
of people (All ages) say Asmanex (mometasone) is worth it
41%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Nasonex (mometasone)
68%
+14% better vs. Asmanex (mometasone)
39%
-2% worse vs. Asmanex (mometasone)
8%
+11% better vs. Asmanex (mometasone)
675 reviews
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Side effects
AsmanexNasonex
  • Headache 2%
  • Allergic rhinitis 2%
  • Sore throat 4%
  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
  • Menstrual cramps 5%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 3%
  • Candidiasis, oral 4%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
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  • Headache 4%
  • Viral infection 3%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Nosebleed 5%
  • Coughing 1%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Joint pain 4%
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How it works
AsmanexNasonex
Asmanex (Mometasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Nasonex (Mometasone) is a topical steroid. It works directly where it's applied to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your nose.
Type of medication
AsmanexNasonex
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AsmanexNasonex
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
AsmanexNasonex
  • Lowering dose or stopping Asmanex (Mometasone) too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment with Asmanex (Mometasone)
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
    • Dose of Asmanex (Mometasone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Asmanex (Mometasone)
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
    Detailed Asmanex (mometasone) risks & warnings »
    • Long-term use
    • Long-term use
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
    • Long-term use
    • Exposure to immunizable diseases (chickenpox and measles)
    • Exposure to tuberculosis
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
    Detailed Nasonex (mometasone) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    AsmanexNasonex
    • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Asmanex (Mometasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Asmanex (Mometasone).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    AsmanexNasonex
    No pain related info.
    • Long-term use of Nasonex (Mometasone) can increase your chances of getting thrush in the nose and throat. Your doctor will check your nose and throat if you have to be on this medication for a long time. Also, tell your doctor if you notice pain in the nose and throat with redness and white patches.
    Weight
    AsmanexNasonex
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AsmanexNasonex
    • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
    • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
    • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
    • Some people who take this medicine are able to stop other asthma medications or use their fast-acting (rescue) inhalers less often.
    • First-choice medication for treating runny and stuffy noses caused by allergies. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose.
    • Because it's used directly where the inflammation is happening, it has fewer side effects than oral steroids do and has a lower chance of causing withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped.
    • Can be used as needed to help control symptoms in people age 13 years or older.
    • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
    Downsides and risks
    AsmanexNasonex
    • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
    • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
    • Needs to be primed 10 times before it can be used, or re-primed if not used for more than 2 weeks.
    • Doesn't have a counter on it, so it can be hard to remember how many sprays are left (each bottle has 120 sprays).
    • Since the medicine in Nasonex (Mometasone) is a steroid, it can slow down your healing process if you've hurt your nose or had nose surgery.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AsmanexNasonex
    • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Starts working the same day, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
    • Replace the cap on the inhaler after each use to protect it from moisture.
    • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after inhaling the medication.
    • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
    • Contains lactose, so don't take if you have a milk protein allergy.
    • Use Nasonex (Mometasone) once a day, following age-specific recommendations on how many sprays to use. Don't take more than prescribed.
    • Blow your nose before using.
    • Can cause thrush (a fungal infection) inside your nose and throat. Can also cause nosebleeds, a sore throat, and headaches.
    • Needs to be used regularly during allergy season for it to work. It can take 1 to 2 weeks for the medicine to start working fully.
    • Check with your doctor or pharmacist on how to use the nasal spray the right way.
    • Shake well before using it. Before the first use, prime the bottle by spraying it until you see a fine mist.
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