Alvesco (Ciclesonide) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children over 12 years old. Ciclesonide belongs to the class of medications called inhaled corticosteroids. It works by reducing the swelling of the airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Alvesco does not work right away and it should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. Alvesco must be taken regularly to be effective.
Our Canadian Pharmacy currently offers the brand Alvesco from Canada manufactured by AstraZeneca. There is no generic available for this medication. Alvesco is available in the strength of 100 mcg/120 dose and 200 mcg/120 dose inhalation aerosols.
Alvesco Side Effects
The common side effects of Alvesco may include a bad taste in the mouth, coughing, hoarseness and dry, irritated throat.
Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Increased thirst or urination;
• Mental or mood changes;
• Muscle pain or weakness;
• Poor wound healing;
• Puffy face;
• Unexpected weight gain;
• Unusual or persistent headache;
• Vision changes
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Alvesco if you are allergic to Ciclesonide or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medication. If you have taken a corticosteroid by mouth such as prednisone within the past 12 months, it may be more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Carry a warning or medical id bracelet that says you use corticosteroid medications. This medication may slow down a child’s growth if used for a long time. Get your child’s height checked regularly. Alvesco should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Babies born to mothers who have been using this medication for an extended time may have low levels of corticosteroid hormone. It is unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.
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