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Ciclesonide is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma. Controlling asthma symptoms may decrease time lost from work or school. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the swelling of the airways in the lungs to make breathing easier.
Inhale this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. No shaking of the inhaler is necessary before use. If the inhaler is new or has not been used for 1 week or more, prime the inhaler for use by spraying 3 puffs into the air. Remove the cover on the mouthpiece. Breathe out as much as you comfortably can. Place the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips tightly around it. While breathing in slowly and deeply, press down on the canister with your finger. After inhaling, try to hold your breath for at least 10 seconds to get this medication into your lungs and allow it to work properly.
Alvesco inhalation will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack. Tell your doctor if it seems like your asthma medications don't work as well. Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection or worsening an infection you already have or have recently had. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you have had within the past several weeks, your medical history, especially of: tuberculosis, untreated infections (such as those caused by fungus or bacteria), certain eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts, herpes infection of the eye), liver disease, adrenal gland problems (e.g., adrenal insufficiency) underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), bone loss (osteoporosis).
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Alvesco: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medication
- Bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing)
- Sores or white patches in your mouth or throat
- Vision problems, such as tunnel vision or blurred vision
- Worsening asthma symptoms
Common Alvesco side effects may include:
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Dry mouth, burning or irritation in your mouth
- Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Mild itching or skin rash
- Joint pain, back pain
How long does it take for Alvesco to work?
You may begin to feel this medication working within 24 hours, but it may take several weeks or longer before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
What is Alvesco inhaler used for?
Alvesco (ciclesonide) is a man-made corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Alvesco is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children who are at least 12 years
How to store this medication?
Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.
Alvesco inhaler cures Asthma?
Ciclesonide inhalation controls asthma but does not cure it. It may take 4 weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit of the medication. Continue to use ciclesonide inhalation even if you feel well. Do not stop using ciclesonide inhalation without talking to your doctor.