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Nasonex

(Mometasone)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Relieves allergy symptoms.

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Nasonex (Mometasone) is a good first-choice treatment for stuffy and runny noses caused by allergies.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.

What to expect when you take Nasonex (Mometasone) for Nasal decongestant

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Side effect rates for Nasonex (Mometasone)

1008 From clinical trials of Nasonex / Nasal congestion associated with year-round allergies (200 mcg daily)

    Risks and Warnings for Nasonex (Mometasone)

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      • Higher risk if:
      • Long-term use

      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.

    Common concerns from people taking Nasonex (Mometasone)

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    • 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.