What is Alvesco (Ciclesonide) used for?
Alvesco (Ciclesonide) is a corticosteroid often used to help open the airways. It may be prescribed for someone who is struggling to breathe well due to a health issue. It can also be the result of a breathing problem such as asthma. For those with chronic bouts of asthma, this steroid can help to prevent the attacks from being triggered. It may be used as a line of defense rather than relying on other medications once an asthma attack is already underway.
How should I use Alvesco (Ciclesonide)?
This steroid is taken orally through an inhaler. It is offered as an 80 mcg or 160 mcg inhaler. Your doctor will prescribe the one he feels it the best resource for your asthma situation. When possible, you will be prescribed the lower dose. It can take up to 4 weeks of using Alvesco (Ciclesonide) before a user starts to notice improvements. If necessary, the dose can be increased after that period of time to maximize the benefits for a given user.
This product should not be taken by those under the age of 12. The number of times per day it should be taken depends on the patient and their overall health history. It also depends on if they are taking another corticosteriod at the same time. It is important to take the daily recommended dose, even when you are feeling better. This is to get the asthma under control and reduce the number of attacks.
When a patient skips the dosing, it can increase the issues with asthma. This can hinder the overall value Alvesco can offer to someone. Parents are advised to help their children create a schedule for taking this medication. They need to be able to stick with it, even at times when they arenít with their parents.
What are the side effects of Alvesco (Ciclesonide)?
Most patients are able to use this medication without any problems. Those that do experience side effects find they tend to disappear after a few weeks. Let your doctor know if you experience any of the following, especially if the symptoms linger after 2 weeks of using Alvesco.
The use of Alvesco (Ciclesonide) can reduce a personís immune system. It is very important to wash your hands well and to avoid contact with those that are ill. If you have any cuts or wounds, keep a very close eye on them. They may take longer to heal, and you need to make sure they donít get infected. It can be helpful to have them examined by a medical professional as a precaution.
Make sure your doctor is aware of your complete medical history. Not everyone is a good candidate for the use of this medication. Individuals with serious health issues including the following shouldnít take Alvesco (Ciclesonide).
It isnít known if the use of this medication can affect a fetus if taken by a woman who is pregnant. As a result, it is best to not take it while pregnant or if you are trying to become pregnant. Women who are nursing shouldnít use Alvesco. For children at least 12 years of age, the use of this medication may slow down their growth. It is important for them to have regular check-ups with a pediatrician.