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Side Effects of Mometasone Nasal Spray

Some of the most common side effects of mometasone nasal spray can include viral infections, headaches, and nosebleeds. While most people do not experience any problems while taking this medication, some side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These serious side effects of mometasone nasal spray can include signs of steroid toxicity, frequent nosebleeds, and signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Mometasone Nasal Spray

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with mometasone nasal spray (Nasonex®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with mometasone nasal spray. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of mometasone nasal spray side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Mometasone Nasal Spray

Mometasone nasal spray has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects of mometasone nasal spray included:
  • Headaches -- in up to 26 percent of people
  • Viral infections (such as the common cold) -- up to 14 percent
  • Coughing -- up to 13 percent
  • Nosebleeds -- up to 13 percent
  • A sore throat -- up to 12 percent
  • Painful menstrual cramps -- up to 5 percent
  • Muscle or bone pain -- up to 5 percent
  • Sinus infections -- up to 5 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 5 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 2 to 4 percent of people, included:
  • Joint pain
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Conjunctivitis ("pink eye")
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach or indigestion
  • Earaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea.
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