Why is Alvesco prescribed?
Alvesco (Ciclesonide) is used to prevent symptoms of asthma, like chest tightness, coughing, difficulty of breathing, and wheezing in adults and children 12 years of age and above.
What does it do?
Ciclesonide is a type of corticosteroid that works by decreasing irritation and swelling of airways to improve breathing and prevent acute asthma attacks.
How should I use it?
Alvesco is available as 80mcg and 160mcg inhaler. Each type of inhaler has its set of instructions regarding its priming, usage, and cleaning. Make sure to follow the directions and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper intake of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, immediately take it. However, if it’s close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule, depending on your doctor’s advice. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Alvesco?
Alvesco should NOT be used as a rescue medication for acute asthma attacks.
Do not use Alvesco inhaler near an open flame or source of heat.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical and vaccination history (measles and chickenpox), and any allergic reactions to Alvesco or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Alvesco, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Clogged or runny nose
- Painful white patches or sores in the mouth or throat
- Joint or muscle pain
Serious side effects may include:
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Swelling of any part of the face or limbs
- Hoarseness and difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Chest pain
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Alvesco. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when used with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Alvesco with any other inhaler, drug, vitamin, or herbal supplement. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Alvesco with the following medications:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Alvesco in the container it came in, closed tightly, in a clean environment away from light, excessive heat, and moisture. Keep out of reach of children. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Empty or unneeded medication should be disposed of immediately. Ask your pharmacist or local garbage collector on the proper disposal of this kind of product.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is still limited data on the developmental risks associated with the use of Alvesco in pregnancy. Regular monitoring of pregnant women using this drug is essential to maintain adequate asthma control.
It is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding because its effects on the infant are still not fully known. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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