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27 September 2013

Mometasone (topical)

Mometasone is a topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are drugs that are formulated for use on the skin.

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Mometasone (topical)

Mometasone is the active ingredient of Aspen Mometasone cream (Nappi code: 705444-001), Elocon cream (Nappi code: 782017-002), Elocon ointment (Nappi code: 782025-005) and Elocon lotion (Nappi code: 788791-030).

General information

Mometasone is a topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are drugs that are formulated for use on the skin. They reduce inflammation and are effective for treating inflammatory skin conditions.

In South Africa mometasone is registered for the treatment of non-infected steroid responsive diseases and disorders affecting the skin.

This medication should be applied sparingly and as a thin, even layer to the affected area of the skin. Do not apply to broken skin, or apply more than directed.

Prolonged use on large surface areas, application of large amounts, or covering the application site with dressings, may increase systemic absorption, resulting in a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. Prolonged or excessive use of this medicine may lead to thinning of the skin.

Avoid contact with the eyes.

Speak to your doctor before applying this medicine to infected skin.

How does mometasone work?

When applied to the skin, mometasone reduces the release of inflammatory chemicals. This reduces inflammation and its associated symptoms.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 4

Available as: mometasone is available as cream, ointment and lotion.

What does it do? Mometasone relieves inflammation of the skin.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is mometasone available as a generic? yes

Is mometasone available on prescription only? yes

User information

Onset of effect: within 12 hours

Duration of action: up to 24 hours

Stopping this medicine: do not stop using this medication abruptly as it may cause a recurrence of the original symptoms being treated. Consult with your doctor prior to discontinuing treatment.

Prolonged use: this medicine is not intended for long-term use as this may lead to permanent skin changes. Safety of use for more than 3 weeks has not been established.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

- you have a bacterial, fungal or viral skin infection

- you have porphyria

- you have skin ulcers/broken skin

- you have acne or rosacea

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. This medication may cause serious adverse effects. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children under the age of 2 years.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effects Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common Rare Only if severe In all cases
Burning x
x
Itching x
x
Dry skin x
x
Skin irritation
x
x
Skin infections
x
x
Systemic effects
x
x

Interactions

Drug interactions

Interactions are uncommon when this medication is used as directed

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

Apply sparingly to the affected area once daily.

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only.

Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

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