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Precautions and Warnings With Mometasone Furoate Lotion

Your healthcare provider needs to know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you can use mometasone furoate lotion. Also, make sure to discuss any potential drug interactions or allergic reactions that might apply to your situation. Other safety precautions with mometasone furoate lotion include warnings of complications, such as diabetes or Cushing's syndrome, which may occur with long-term use of this medicine.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Mometasone Furoate Lotion?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using mometasone furoate lotion (Elocon®) if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Mometasone Furoate Lotion Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include:
  • Mometasone furoate lotion is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including mometasone furoate lotion. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the medicine with a dressing (which is sometimes recommended) may also increase this risk.
  • If you use this medication for an extended period of time, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop signs of this condition, such as:
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the extremities)
    • High blood sugar levels.
  • Mometasone furoate lotion can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period of time. In such circumstances, mometasone furoate lotion should be stopped gradually, to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while (after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid).
  • Like all steroids, mometasone furoate lotion may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
  • Mometasone furoate lotion is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Elocon and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if mometasone furoate (when applied as a lotion) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Elocon and Breastfeeding).
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