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Mometasone, also known as mometasone furoate, is a steroid medication used to treat certain skin conditions, hay fever, and asthma. Specifically it is used to prevent rather than treat asthma attacks. It can be applied to the skin, inhaled, or used in the nose.Common side effects when used for asthma include headache, sore throat, and thrush. Common side effects when used in the nose includes upper respiratory tract infections and nose bleeds. Common side effects when applied on the skin include acne, skin atrophy, and itchiness. It works by decreasing inflammation.Mometasone furoate was patented in 1981 and came into medical use in 1987. It is available as a generic medication. A month supply of the inhaler in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about £30 while the nasal spray is less than £2, as of 2019. In 2016 it was the 165th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 3 million prescriptions.
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