Generic Name: ciclesonide
Drug Class: corticosteroids
What is Alvesco?
Alvesco is an oral prescription inhalation indicated as maintenance treatment and prophylactic therapy for asthma among patients 12 years of age and older. It reduces symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.
This is available in Alvesco 160 mcg per actuation and 80 mcg per actuation.
Alvesco Mechanism of Action
The exact action of this inhaled corticosteroid is unknown. However, it is thought to work by inhibiting the activities against multiple cell types and mediators that are involved in asthmatic response. It reduces swelling or inflammation in the lung, which facilitates easier breathing.
How to Use Alvesco
Before you use this prescription product, you must read the patient information leaflet or brochure that comes with it. Do not use this oral inhaler unless you thoroughly understand all the information and instructions. Ask your doctor or the pharmacist for further information.
This is usually prescribed twice a day, at a 12-hour interval. Make a dosing schedule so you will not miss your doses. Do not increase/decrease your Alvesco dosage or use this inhaler more frequently than prescribed.
Step-by-step guide on how to use Alvesco
- First, remove the cap and check the dose indicator on the top of the device. Make sure that it is pointing at the “60” inhalation mark.
- To prime, the inhaler, hold it upright. Away from your face, spray it by pressing it down fully three times.
- If the inhaler is ready to use, hold the device in an upright position once again. Your thumb should support the base and your index and middle finger on the top part.
- Exhale through the mouth deeply and fully. Put the mouthpiece inside the mouth, your tongue below it, and seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
- Inhale deeply and slowly while you press the center fully. Then hold your breath for 10 secs or as long as it is comfortable for you.
- Take your finger off the center and remove the inhalation device from your mouth.
- Replace the cap and rinse your mouth.
If you are prescribed another puff or another oral inhalation aerosol, note that there should be at least a one-minute interval.
Alvesco Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Dry or irritated throat
-Unpleasant taste in the mouth
Severe Side Effects:
-White patches in the mouth
-Poor wound healing
-Unexpected weight gain
-Mental or mood changes
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Alvesco.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any healthcare professional to report side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to ciclesonide, beclomethasone, fluticasone, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Always be watchful for any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop using this nasal medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
Alvesco may be contraindicated for people with a history of untreated infections, tuberculosis, hypothyroidism, liver disease, adrenal gland conditions, bone loss, and eye problems. Also, due to possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
A weakened defense system can be caused by the use of steroids. Alvesco can possibly mask signs of infection or make you more likely to get an infection. Do not come in contact with people who have or have recently acquired infections, such as flu, chickenpox, or measles.
Ciclesonide can affect bone strength, especially if used for a long time. The risk can also be higher for people who smoke, have a history of osteoporosis, or are taking other medications that are known to weaken bones. Your physician may ask you to have your bone density checked to know if you have to take medication to address bone problems.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must take this oral drug only if extremely necessary. It is essential to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are there steroids in Alvesco?
This product is an inhaled corticosteroid. It works by addressing the inflammation in the lungs, which results in easier breathing.
Is Alvesco a rescue inhaler?
This inhalation aerosol is used as a maintenance treatment for asthma. It is not indicated for acute bronchospasm or asthma attacks.
Is Qvar the same as Alvesco?
Alvesco vs Qvar – Both medications are inhaled corticosteroids. They vary mainly on the active ingredients that they contain. While Alvesco has ciclesonide, Qvar has beclomethasone.
Is Alvesco better than Symbicort?
Alvesco vs Symbicort – The latter is a combination medication that does not only treat asthma but is also used in managing symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Does Alvesco weaken the immune system?
Because Alvesco contains steroids, it can affect the immune system. Among its adverse reactions is having to weaken the body’s immune response.
How much is the Alvesco inhaler?
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Do I need a prescription for Alvesco?
This product is a prescription drug. You have to present a valid prescription to be able to purchase this inhalation aerosol.