What Are Mometasone Inhalers Used For?
Some people may wonder, "What are mometasone inhalers used for?" Mometasone inhalers are approved to prevent asthma attacks. They can also be prescribed off-label to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Mometasone inhalers have been approved for use in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
What Are Mometasone Inhalers Used For? -- An OverviewThe mometasone inhaler (Asmanex®) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks. It is part of a class of asthma medications known as inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short.
The Mometasone Inhaler for Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). This inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, they narrow and reduce the airflow to your lungs. This is called bronchospasm. It causes asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
While there is no asthma cure, asthma can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks. The mometasone inhaler is a controller medication that is used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes the mometasone inhaler should also have a rescue medication (such as an albuterol inhaler) available for emergencies.
The mometasone inhaler is part of a class of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. Inflammation is an important component of asthma, and steroids help to decrease inflammation. Because the mometasone inhaler is inhaled directly into the lungs, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
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