Bioavailability, antipsoriatic efficacy and tolerability of a new light cream with mometasone furoate 0.1%

Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2012;25(3):133-41. doi: 10.1159/000335656. Epub 2012 Feb 17.


Mometasone furoate, a potent glucocorticoid (class III) with a favorable benefit/risk ratio, has emerged as a standard medication for the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders. The purpose of the investigation presented here was to determine the noninferiority of a topical mometasone formulation, a light cream (O/W 60/40 emulsion) with mometasone furoate 0.1% (water content of 33%) versus marketed comparators. Using the vasoconstrictor assay, a strong blanching effect of the new cream (called Mometasone cream) comparable to that of a mometasone comparator, a fatty cream with mometasone furoate 0.1%, could be demonstrated. Thus, the topical bioavailability of the active ingredient mometasone furoate (0.1%) was regarded to be similar for Mometasone cream and the mometasone comparator. Using the psoriasis plaque test, a strong antipsoriatic effect comparable to that of the mometasone comparator was found for Mometasone cream after 12 days of occlusive treatment. A nearly identical reduction in the mean infiltrate thickness and similar mean AUC values were noted with both formulations confirmed by clinical assessment data. The noninferiority of Mometasone cream to its active comparator with respect to the AUC of change to baseline in infiltrate thickness was demonstrated. Both medications were well tolerated. Overall, Mometasone cream and the mometasone comparator showed similar efficacy and tolerability. Mometasone cream, in addition to its high potency and good tolerability, provides the properties of a light cream, which might make this new medication particularly suitable for application on acutely inflamed and sensitive skin.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Area Under Curve
  • Biological Availability
  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Dermatologic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Dermatologic Agents / adverse effects
  • Dermatologic Agents / chemistry
  • Dermatologic Agents / pharmacokinetics*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage
  • Glucocorticoids / adverse effects
  • Glucocorticoids / chemistry
  • Glucocorticoids / pharmacokinetics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mometasone Furoate
  • Ointments
  • Pregnadienediols / administration & dosage
  • Pregnadienediols / adverse effects
  • Pregnadienediols / chemistry
  • Pregnadienediols / pharmacokinetics*
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy*
  • Psoriasis / pathology
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Absorption*
  • Vasoconstriction / drug effects
  • Young Adult


  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Ointments
  • Pregnadienediols
  • Mometasone Furoate