Asmanex Twisthaler Mometasone Furoate and/or alternatives
Asmanex Twisthaler 110mcg/InhManufacturer: Merck Source Country : Canada
Shipped from : Canada
Asmanex Twisthaler 220mcg/InhManufacturer: Schering Plough Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
Asmanex Twisthaler 440mcg/InhManufacturer: Schering-Plough Ltd Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
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Description of Asamanex Twisthaler
Asmanex Twisthaler is an inhaled drug used to treat asthmatic symptoms and control asthma attacks. The active ingredient, mometasone furoate, is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid which reduces irritability in the airways leading to the lungs and inhibits the action of the chemicals and inflammatory cells that trigger allergic asthma attacks. Patients can buy Asmanex Twisthaler in the form of dry powder inhaler canisters of two varied strengths- 110 micrograms and 220 micrograms. A twisthaler differs from a metered dose inhaler in terms how it works. The generic name for Asmanex Twisthaler is Mometasone Furoate
Indications and Dosage of Asamanex Twisthaler
Asmanex Twisthaler is recommended for use in adults and children over four years of age. The dosage varies according to the age of the patient and previous treatments undergone for asthma. The doctor’s guidance is of utmost importance before patients who buy Asmanex Twisthaler start their treatment for optimum benefits. The usual verified dosages are listed below:
- For patients who have been treated with bronchodilators previously and are above or 12 years of age, the daily starting dose can be 220 mcg up to a maximum daily dose of 440 mcg.
- Patients over 12 years of age on corticosteroids can start with 220 mcg daily, up to a maximum daily dose of 440 mcg.
- For patients previously on oral corticosteroids, the dose is be 440 mcg two times each day.
- Children between 4 and 11 years can inhale a maximum dose of 110 mcg.
An important point to be kept in mind is that patients taking their medication once a day should always inhale mometasone furoate in the evening. It should also be remembered that Asmanex Twisthaler is a controller medication and is not effective against an already triggered asthma attack.
The patient should not exhale into the inhaler and should preferably rinse the mouth after each dose to avoid yeast formation in the mouth. The canister should be stored at room temperature and should be discarded on/after the expiry date (generally 45 days since the first dose).
Side Effects and Interactions of Asamanex Twisthaler
There are several side effects of Asmanex Twisthaler. Some of the minor side effects of this drug are:
- Sinus trouble, cough, runny or blocked nose
- Disruptions in menstrual cycle
- Changes in voice pitch
- Muscle and joint ache
- Appetite loss
Minor side effects may require medical aid if they persist. Some of the serious side effects of Asmanex Twisthaler which should be reported immediately to a doctor are listed below:
- Changes in the distribution of body fat leading to a change in the shape of the body
- Worsened asthma
- Weakened muscles, easy bruising and bleeding
- Pain or numbness
The lists provided above are not inclusive. Asmanex Twisthaler has been known to interact with Nizoral. It may also interact with a number of other drugs and as such, the doctor should be provided a complete list of the patient’s current medications.
General precautions and warnings
Asmanex may harm the fetus as its safety in pregnant women has not been proven. The drug inhibits growth in children and so, lactating mothers should always consult a doctor before using Asmanex Twisthaler. Since the drug reduces immunity, patients should stay away from those who have contagious illnesses like chickenpox or measles. Asmanex Twisthaler may lead to the development of osteoporosis in patients with a family history of osteoporosis.