Alvesco is a medication used for the maintenance treatment of asthma in adults and children aged 12 years and older. It contains the active ingredient ciclesonide. Ciclesonide 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.
Alvesco helps to prevent and reduce the symptoms of asthma like wheezing and shortness of breath. Alvesco is usually prescribed for patients who require prophylactic therapy to control their persistent asthma. It comes in the form of an aerosol inhaler which releases a fine mist of the medication that is designed to reach deep into the airways.
Uses and Dosage
Alvesco is an inhaler medication that should be inhaled through the mouth as directed by your healthcare provider. There is no need to shake the inhaler before use. If the inhaler is new or has not been used for 1 week or more, it should be primed by spraying 3 puffs into the air. To use, remove the cover on the mouthpiece and breathe out as much as you comfortably can. Then, 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 allow the medication to work properly.
The recommended starting dose of Alvesco Inhaler is 80 mcg (1 oral inhalation of 80 mcg/actuation) twice daily for adults and children aged 12 years and older. The maximum recommended dosage is 320 mcg of Alvesco twice daily. The dose may vary depending on individual patient response and should be prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Alvesco (Ciclesonide):
- Back pain
- Stuffy nose or swelling in the throat
- Runny nose
- Cough and other symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection
- Sore throat
Serious Side Effects of Alvesco (Ciclesonide):
- Fungal infection in mouth
- Dry mouth or throat
- Joint pain
- Back pain and pain in the hands and feet
- Throat pain
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Nasal congestion
Form and Strength
Alvesco (Ciclesonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 80 mcg
- 160 mcg
- 160 mcg
- Alvesco is a corticosteroid, and its use may be associated with an increased risk of serious complications, including immune system suppression and increased susceptibility to infection, as well as a risk of slowed growth in children and teenagers.
- Alvesco may increase the risk of oropharyngeal candidiasis (thrush), and patients should be advised to rinse their mouth with water after using the inhaler to help reduce this risk.
- Alvesco may interact with other medications, including other asthma medications and certain medications used for fungal infections. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medications and supplements you are taking before starting treatment with Alvesco.
- Alvesco may interact with other medications, including other corticosteroids, and patients should inform their doctor of all medications they are taking.
- Alvesco should only be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. Talk with your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding while using Alvesco.
- Patients should not stop or change the dose of Alvesco without first talking to their healthcare provider.
- Side effects of Alvesco may include throat irritation, cough, and headaches. Patients should tell their doctor if they experience any adverse effects during treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How often should I use Alvesco?
The dosage and frequency of Alvesco use depend on individual patient needs and should be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Follow the instructions on the prescription label and talk with your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.
How should I store Alvesco?
Alvesco should be stored at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C), away from direct sunlight or heat sources. The inhaler should be stored with the mouthpiece down.
Is it safe to use Alvesco together with other asthma medications?
It depends on the specific medications being used. Patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before using Alvesco with any other medications.
Can Alvesco be used as a rescue inhaler?
No, Alvesco is not a rescue inhaler and should not be used for the relief of acute bronchospasm or asthma symptoms.
How long does it take for Alvesco to start working?
The effects of Alvesco may not be immediate and may take several days to become noticeable. Continue using the medication as directed, even if symptoms do not improve right away.