› 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.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
› 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.
› It works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours.
› Can use for nasal congestion caused by colds and allergies.
› It only affects your nose, so there aren't too many other side effects.
› Available as a nasal spray and a nasal mist.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
› Afrin (Oxymetazoline), like all other sprays used for stuffy noses, can make your congestion worse if you use it for more than 3 or 4 days in a row (called rebound-congestion).
› Can cause temporary stinging, burning, or dryness in your nose.
› Can't be used for kids younger than 6 years old.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› Use 2 to 3 sprays in each nostril every 10 to 12 hours. Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) more than two times a day.
› Keep your head upright and don't tilt it back when spraying Afrin (Oxymetazoline) into your nose.
› Breathe in with quick sniffs while spraying and wait a few minutes before blowing your nose.
› Don't use Afrin (Oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days in a row since it can worsen your congestion after a few days of use.