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There are a number of Asmanex warnings and precautions to be aware of. For example, because Asmanex can potentially interact with certain other drugs, you should let your healthcare provider know (prior to taking Asmanex) about all other drugs you are taking. Also, Asmanex may not be safe to take during pregnancy. Lastly, there are certain medical conditions you should tell your healthcare provider about before you take Asmanex (including osteoporosis, glaucoma, and cataracts).
Asmanex: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Asmanex® (mometasone inhaler) if you have:
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Eczema (or atopic dermatitis)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Any allergies, including allergies to food (especially milk protein), dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some Asmanex Warnings and PrecautionsFollowing are some warnings and precautions to be aware of with Asmanex:
- If you are switching from an oral steroid to Asmanex (which is an inhaled steroid), your healthcare provider should decrease your dose of the oral steroid very slowly. Stopping an oral steroid too quickly can be very dangerous.
- Asmanex is not a fast-acting asthma medication and cannot replace fast-acting rescue inhalers. Do not use Asmanex to treat an asthma attack. Everyone taking Asmanex should also have a rescue asthma medication available at all times. Let your healthcare provider know if you need to use your rescue inhaler more often than usual, as this may be a sign that your asthma is getting worse.
- Asmanex can immediately make your asthma symptoms worse. If this happens, use your rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) as needed and contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.
- Asmanex is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Although this is more likely to occur with oral steroids, it is still possible with inhaled steroids (such as Asmanex). This may cause you to be at a higher risk of infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking Asmanex. During treatment with Asmanex, you should let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles (if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them).
- Like all steroids, Asmanex may slow the growth of children and teenagers. Usually, this slowing of growth is small, with children growing about a half a centimeter less per year. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about slow growth in your child.
- Inhaled steroids may increase the risk of osteoporosis. If you already have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis, your healthcare provider may decide to take steps to protect you from fractures.
- Inhaled steroids (including Asmanex) can cause glaucoma or cataracts (conditions of the eyes).
- Before starting Asmanex, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as Asmanex may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to get worse.
- Asmanex can interact with certain other medications (see Asmanex Drug Interactions).
- Asmanex is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Asmanex may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Asmanex during pregnancy (see Asmanex and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if Asmanex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Asmanex (see Asmanex and Breastfeeding for more information).