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What Is Mometasone Furoate Lotion Used For?

People with certain skin conditions may benefit from mometasone furoate lotion. Specific uses of this prescription medicine include relieving inflammation and itching caused by eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and various other skin problems. It can be used in adults and children as young as 12 years old. The drug can also occasionally be used off-label for other conditions, including penile or labial adhesions.

An Overview of Uses for Mometasone Furoate Lotion

Mometasone furoate lotion (Elocon®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Mometasone furoate is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This medicine comes in three forms, including a cream, an ointment, and a lotion. The ointment is greasier, while the lotion and cream are easier and less messy to apply.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Mometasone furoate lotion is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Mometasone furoate lotion works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Mometasone Furoate Lotion?

Mometasone furoate lotion is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old. However, children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using mometasone furoate lotion.
In general, if mometasone furoate lotion is to be applied to the diaper area, diapers or "plastic pants" should not be used, as they may increase the absorption of the drug.
The safety of long-term use (more than three weeks) in children has not been established.
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