The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma

The efficacy and safety of mometasone furoate delivered via a dry powder inhaler for the treatment of asthma.

PMID 17169829


Inhaled corticosteroids are the gold standard of daily therapy for effective control of all stages of persistent asthma. For this review of the new inhaled corticosteroid mometasone furoate, a MEDLINE/PubMed search using the terms "mometasone furoate AND asthma" found 57 articles, 17 of which presented data from efficacy and safety studies reviewed herein. In clinical trials, once-daily evening dosing of mometasone furoate delivered via dry powder inhaler (200 or 400 mu g/day) was effective in patients with mild to moderate asthma previously treated with short-acting beta2-agonists alone and in those previously maintained on inhaled corticosteroid therapy. In patients with severe asthma, mometasone furoate 400 mu g twice daily eliminated or reduced the need for oral prednisone while improving lung function, asthma symptoms, and quality of life. Clinical studies have shown that mometasone furoate is generally well tolerated and has minimal systemic activity at recommended doses. In conclusion, mometasone furoate provides primary care and specialty physicians with a safe, effective, and convenient option to meet the challenges of asthma management.