Compare Flovent vs. Nasonex

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Flovent Diskus
(Fluticasone)

Nasonex
(Mometasone)

Prevents breathing problems. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) 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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4.9Flovent
Reviews for Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
68%
of people (All ages) say Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
483 reviews
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Reviews for Nasonex (Mometasone)
68%
Same vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
39%
Same vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
8%
Same vs. Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
675 reviews
Have you used Nasonex (Mometasone)?
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Side effects
FloventNasonex
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 4%
  • Throat irritation 5%
  • Headache 5%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection 3%
  • Nausea and vomiting 4%
  • Fever 3%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation 2%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
More Flovent side effects »
  • 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%
More Nasonex side effects »
How it works
FloventNasonex
Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) 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
FloventNasonex
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
FloventNasonex
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
FloventNasonex
Risk factors for serious side effects
FloventNasonex
  • Lowering dose or stopping 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 Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
    • Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Duration of treatment
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
    Detailed Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) 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
    FloventNasonex
    • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) 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 Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    FloventNasonex
    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
    FloventNasonex
    • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FloventNasonex
    • 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.
    • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
    • 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
    FloventNasonex
    • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
    • 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
    FloventNasonex
    • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
    • Can take 2 weeks or more to feel full effects.
    • Pump the inhaler 4 times before your first dose, or if it's been more than 7 days since your last dose.
    • Wait at least 1 minute between doses.
    • Rinse your out mouth with water after each use.
    • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after using Advair Diskus.
    • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
    • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
    • Diskus contains lactose, so don't use it if you're allergic to milk protein.
    • 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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