Elocon Ointment (Mometasone)
Elocon (Mometasone Furoate) Dosage and Side Effects
ELOCON topical (for the skin) is used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.
Warnings and Precautions
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to mometasone.
Do not use ELOCON to treat diaper rash.
To make sure ELOCON is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- any type of skin infection.
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Topical steroid medicines absorbed through the skin may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine.
It is not known whether ELOCON will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether ELOCON passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medicine on any child without a doctor's advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of this medication through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using ELOCON and call your doctor if you have:
- blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
- uneven heartbeats;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
- tired feeling.
Common side effects may include:
- redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
- acne; or
- mild itching or burning.
Interactions with this medication
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water. Do not use ELOCON on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medication in open wounds.
Avoid applying ELOCON to the skin of your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor's instruction.
Do not use ELOCON to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied mometasone. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before and after using ELOCON, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.
Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not apply ELOCON over a large area of skin.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse while using ELOCON.
If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests at your doctor's office.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep from freezing.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of ELOCON is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.