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Nasonex
(mometasone)

Aerospan
(flunisolide)

Relieves allergy symptoms. Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.Coming soon.
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4.97Nasonex
Reviews for Nasonex (mometasone)
68%
of people (All ages) say Nasonex (mometasone) is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
675 reviews
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Side effects
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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
NasonexFlunisolide
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
NasonexFlunisolide
Prescription only
Available as
NasonexFlunisolide
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
Used for
NasonexFlunisolide
  • Asthma Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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

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.

Pain
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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
NasonexFlunisolide
  • 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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