ALVESCO is available in 2 different strengths
ALVESCO® (ciclesonide) Inhalation Aerosol 80 mcg
ALVESCO® (ciclesonide) Inhalation Aerosol 160 mcg
ALVESCO is used as maintenance treatment that helps prevent and control asthma symptoms because ALVESCO reduces airway inflammation. ALVESCO is not a bronchodilator. You should not use ALVESCO when you are having sudden symptoms of shortness of breath. Use an inhaled short-acting bronchodilator such as albuterol to relieve sudden symptoms of shortness of breath.
ALVESCO is used for the long-term treatment of asthma.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFCTS WITH ALVESCO®
Serious Side Effects may include:
- Adrenal Insufficiency (your adrenal gland can not produce enough steroids since you were on oral steroid medicine). If you took steroids by mouth and are having them decreased (tapered) or you are being switched to ALVESCO®, you should be followed closely by your doctor.
- Decreased bone mass (bone mineral density). Patients who use inhaled steroid medicines for a long time may have an increased risk of decreased bone mass which can affect bone strength. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions about bone health.
The most common side effects with ALVESCO® include: headache, nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, upper respiratory infection, arthralgia, nasal congestion, pain in extremity and back pain.
About ALVESCO Inhaler:
Your ALVESCO inhaler is fitted with a dose indicator which shows you how much of your medicine is left during use. The dose indicator display will move every tenth time you take a puff. The dose indicator display window will turn red when there are only 20 puffs remaining.
Adapted from Source: http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2008/021658lbl.pdf