Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication and proper cleaning of the mouthpiece. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Inhale this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day. Do not breathe out (exhale) into the inhaler. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment.
If two inhalations/puffs are prescribed, wait at least one minute between them. If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication, and use this drug (the corticosteroid) last.
Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after each use of this medication to help prevent dryness, irritation, and yeast infections (thrush) in the mouth and throat. Do not swallow the rinse water.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. This medication works best if used at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Do not increase your dose, use this medication more frequently, or stop using it without first consulting your doctor.
Always have your quick-relief inhaler with you. Keep track of the number of inhalations you use. The inhaler should be discarded when every inhalation has been used (when the dose indicator reads ''00'') or if it has been 45 or 60 days (depending on your brand) after removal from its foil overwrap pouch, whichever comes first.
If you are regularly taking a different corticosteroid by mouth (such as prednisone), you should not stop taking it unless directed by your doctor. Some conditions (such as asthma, allergies) may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. If you suddenly stop taking the drug, you may also have withdrawal symptoms (such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may slowly lower the dose of your old medication after you begin using mometasone. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal. See also Precautions section.
It may take 1-2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day (controller drugs) and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens (quick-relief drugs). Ask your doctor ahead of time what you should do if you have new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, worsening peak flow meter readings, waking up at night with trouble breathing, if you use your quick-relief inhaler more often (more than 2 days a week), or if your quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working well. Learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must get medical help right away.