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Last updated on 03/08/2021.
GENERIC NAME: Mometasone
CHINESE NAME: 莫米松
BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Nasonex 安鼻適
DRUG CLASS: Corticosteroids
SUB CLASS: Glucocorticoids
USED FOR: Allergic rhinitis, Nasal congestion associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis, Nasal polyps, Prophylaxis of seasonal allergic rhinitis
AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 50mcg (nasal spray)
What is Mometasone for?
Mometasone belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids. It is indicated for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial), nasal polyps, as well as nasal congestion associated with seasonal rhinitis. It can also be used to prevent seasonal allergic rhinitis.
How to use it?
Mometasone can be administered intranasally as nasal spray.
For allergic rhinitis and nasal congestion associated with seasonal rhinitis:
Patients ≥12 years of age:
2 sprays in each nostril once daily.
Children 2-11 years of age:
1 spray per nostril once daily.
For prophylaxis of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients ≥12 years of age:
2 sprays in each nostril once daily, begin 2-4 weeks prior to the anticipated start of allergy season.
For nasal polyps in patients ≥18 years of age:
2 sprays in each nostril once to twice daily.
Gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils. Close 1 nostril. Tilt your head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright, carefully insert the nasal applicator into the other nostril. Point the nozzle toward the outer side of the nostril and away from the centre of your nose. Press firmly and breathe gently inward through the nostril, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat in the other nostril.
What are the side effects of Mometasone?
Common side effects of Mometasone include headaches, pharyngitis, cough, candidiasis, nosebleed, and nasal ulceration.
Who should not take Mometasone?
People who are allergic to Mometasone or any component of the formulation.
– It may take a few weeks to see the full effect.
– Avoid spraying into the eyes.
– Shake well before use.
– Prime the new spray bottle before you use it for the first time. Prime it by pointing it away from your face and spraying into the air 6-10 times. If you do not use this medicine for 7 days in a row or longer, you will need to prime the spray again.
– Avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles. If an exposure occurs, seek medical help immediately.
– This drug may make you more susceptible to infections. Seek medical help immediately if you have symptoms such as fever and sore throat.
Common dosing schedule:
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Mometasone may interact with:
– Antifungals, e.g. Itraconazole, Ketoconazole
– Macrolide antibiotics, e.g. Clarithromycin, Erythromycin
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
Where to buy Mometasone in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Mometasone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
Need more information?
For detailed information about the use of Mometasone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.