Nasonex vs. Ciclesonide

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Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.Coming soon.
How it works
Nasonex (Mometasone) is a topical steroid. It works directly where it's applied to help reduce swelling and inflammation in your nose.Coming soon.
Type of medication
Prescription only
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Available as
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Allergic rhinitis Asthma
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Reviews for Nasonex (Mometasone)
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Side effects
  • Nosebleed 8%
  • Headache 4%
  • Viral infection 3%
  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Coughing 1%
  • Vomiting 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Ciclesonide side effects.

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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • 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 »
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Pregnancy category
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Kidneys and liver
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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.
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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.
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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.
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