Mometasone (Topical)

Overview

Otherwise known under the US brand name Elocon and in Canada as Elocom and Pms-Mometasone, topical Mometasone is used in the treatment of certain skin conditions. A corticosteroid, it works to relieve mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, redness and itching associated with some skin conditions.

Available only on prescription from a qualified physician, topical Mometasone can be found as a solution, lotion, ointment or cream for easy application. The strength of Mometasone will vary by the type of formulation and the brand.

Mometasone topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).

Conditions Treated

  • Redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions

Type Of Medicine

  • Corticosteroid (steroid or cortisone-like medicine)

Side Effects

Along with its desired functions, all medicines can cause unwanted and potentially harmful side effects. Not all of the following side effects may appear, but some may require medical attention if they do.

Patients who notice any of the following serious side effects should contact their physician immediately:

  • Redness and scaling around the mouth

Other side effects may appear that will not typically require medical attention. These types of side effects may disappear as the body adjusts to the effects of Mometasone over the course of treatment. Patients who are concerned about the duration or nature of their side effects should contact their physician or pharmacist for advice. A medical professional should be able to give directions on ways to prevent or reduce the risk of side effects.

  • Pus at the root of the hair

Some patients may experience side effects not listed here in this guide. Patients who notice other side effects should call their physician or check with their pharmacist for more advice. New side effects can also be officially reported to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dosage

Patients should know that it is important that they only follow the directions given by their physician when using Mometasone. Patients should never use more of it, use it more frequently, or use it for longer than they have been instructed to by their physician. Doing any of these increases the risk of side effects and skin irritation.

Mometasone should only be applied topically to the skin. It should never be used in or around the eyes, or on skin that is burnt or has open cuts or sores. Patients who accidentally get it on those areas should immediately rinse it off with water.

Topical Mometasone should only ever be used for the specific skin condition a physician has assessed it for. Patients who notice other skin conditions should always check with their physician before using Mometasone to treat it, particularly if there may a skin infection. Mometasone should never be used to treat severe burns, skin infections or other kinds of skin conditions.

Unless instructed to by a physician, patients should not apply Mometasone to their groin, underarms or face.

Parents should not apply Mometasone to the diaper area of an infant's skin. Plastic pants and diapers can increase the amount of medicine that is absorbed through the skin, which may increase the risk of harmful side effects.

Patients should start and finish application by washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water. They should apply a thin, even layer of the medicine to the affected area that has been assessed by the patient's physician. Patients should leave it open to the air and should not wrap it in any way or apply bandages, unless otherwise directed by a physician. In some cases, a physician may recommend an airtight covering or occlusive dressing to be applied over the medicated area, and these patients should ensure they are comfortable with the specific application instructions. A doctor or pharmacist will be able to answer any questions.

The actual dose required of Mometasone will vary depending on the patient's specific condition and medical history. Patients should always follow the directions on the label and their physician's advice. The below information cover typical dosing instructions. Patients who have other dosage directions should not change them without first checking with their physician.

The amount of Mometasone required will also depend on the strength of the formulation and brand. The time allowed between doses, the number of daily doses, and the total length of treatment will also depend on the specific condition it is being used to treat.

When used topically to reduce swelling, itching and skin redness as a cream or ointment, Mometasone is typically applied to the affected skin area only once per day for adults and children over the age of two. Mometasone cream and ointment are not recommended for use in children under the age of two years.

When used topically to reduce itching, swelling and skin redness as a lotion, Mometasone is typically applied to the affected skin area only once per day for adults and children over the age of 12. Mometasone lotion is not recommended for use in children under the age of 12.

If a patient misses a daily dose of Mometasone, they should apply it as soon as they remember. However, if it is close to the time of their next dose, they should skip the missed dose and return to their regular schedule of dosing.

Major drug interactions:

Some medicines should never be used at the same time. Other medicines may be used in combination, even if there is a risk of interactions occurring. Where this may be the case, a physician may make adjustments to the patient's dosing instructions, including the frequency and timing of doses to mitigate the risks. Patients should fully inform their physician about all medications they are taking, including over the counter and prescriptions medicines, herbal remedies and vitamin supplements.

Some medicines should also not be used at or around the time of eating food, or with certain types of food, as these may cause interactions. Using tobacco products or drinking alcohol can also lead to interactions with specific medications. Patients who are concerned about food, drink and lifestyle factors should fully discuss these with their physician before accepting a prescription.

Patients who suffer from more than one medical issue may also experience problems while using Mometasone. Patients should tell their physician about the medical history and current conditions, particularly:

  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

Warnings

While using topical Mometasone, a patient's physician should organize regular appointments to review their condition. During these appointments, they should assess the patient, check for any side effects, answer any questions, and reevaluate whether the patient should still receive treatment.

If a patient (adult or child) sees no improvement in their symptoms within two weeks, or they notice a deterioration, they should check with their physician.

Patients are reminded that using too much Mometasone, or using it for a longer period of time than they were originally directed to can increase their risk of developing problems with their adrenal gland function. The risk is further increased for children, or for patients who use excessive amounts for a long period of time. Patients and parents of child patients should consult a physician if they notice any of the following symptoms while using topical Mometasone:

  • Dizziness

Patients or parents of child patients should consult their physician immediately if they notice burning, swelling, skin irritation, or a new skin rash.

Patients should not use other skin care products (such as moisturisers) or cosmetics on the areas of skin being treated.

Storage

Like many medicines, Mometasone should always be stored in its original packaging with any patient information leaflets, firmly closed. It should be kept at room temperature and away from moisture, direct sunlight and heat sources. Do not allow Mometasone to freeze.

As with all medicines, patients should store Mometasone well out of the reach of children and vulnerable adults. Once a dose has been applied, patients or parents of child patients should immediately put the container back in its safe storage space.

Patients should not stock-pile or keep old, unwanted, no longer needed or expired medicines. Patients who have unwanted medications should ask their pharmacist, physician, or other healthcare professionals for advice on local take-back programs where medicines can be safely destroyed.

Summary

Mometasone is a topical corticosteroid medication that is used in the treatment of a variety of skin conditions. These include psoriasis, rashes, skin allergies and eczema. Acting as a medium-strength corticosteroid, Mometasone works by decreasing any swelling (or inflammation), redness and itching. It is available in many different formulations and under several brand names. Depending on the area of skin being treated and local prescribing policies, a patient's physician will choose the type of Mometasone product from ointments, creams and lotions (or solution).

Patients should always carefully read the patient information leaflet that comes with their medications before starting treatment, and every time they receive a refill. Patients should ask their pharmacist or physician if they have any questions about their medications, including dosing instructions and side effects.

Topical Mometasone should only be used on specific, assessed areas of skin. Patients should not use it on their underarms, groin or face, unless otherwise directed by a physician. Parents of child patients should not use it on their child's diaper area, unless otherwise instructed to by a physician.

Patients should wash and dry their hands before and after using Mometasone. The area it is being applied to should also be clean and dry. Physicians typically recommend a very thin film is applied to the affected area only once per day, and should be gently rubbed in. Unless otherwise directed by a physician, patients should not cover the treated area with dressings or bandages. If being used close to the diaper area on a child, parents should not dress their child in tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants, as this may increase the amount of medicine absorbed into the skin.

Patients should refrain from washing or rinsing the area for a few hours after application. Patients should avoid getting any Mometasone in their mouth, eyes or nose. If this happens by accident, they should rinse thoroughly with clean water, and check with their physician if irritation appears.

Mometasone is designed to be used regularly, for a defined period of time. Patients should use it around the same time each day to make it easier to remember. Patients should never apply more than directed, or use it more than once a day, or for longer than their physician prescribed. Their condition may not improve with overuse, and they may increase their risk of side effects.