Is Nasonex an Antihistamine?

Nasonex® (mometasone nasal spray) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of nasal polyps and seasonal or perennial nasal allergy symptoms. When taken two to four weeks before allergy season, the drug can also be used to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms.
 
Many people may wonder if Nasonex is an antihistamine. Nasonex is not an antihistamine, but is rather a corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. They decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction.
 
Steroids such as Nasonex can be effective at treating conditions such as allergies and nasal polyps. Although long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, the effects of Nasonex are generally limited to the nose, as it is a nasal spray.
 
(Click Nasonex Uses for more information about the effects of this steroid medication and to find out how this type of medicine works.)
 
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