Asmanex is licensed to prevent asthma attacks. The medicine can be prescribed to adults and children who are at least 12 years old. A healthcare provider may also prescribe Asmanex "off-label" for something other than preventing asthma attacks. Treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is among these possible off-label Asmanex uses.
An Overview of Asmanex UsesAsmanex® (mometasone inhaler) 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.
Asmanex 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. Asmanex is a controller medication that is used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes Asmanex should also have a rescue medication (such as an albuterol inhaler) available for emergencies.
Asmanex 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 Asmanex 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.
(Click Asthma Treatment to learn more about treating asthma.)