Alvesco

(ciclesonide)

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Helps you breathe easier.

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Alvesco (ciclesonide) is a good daily maintenance medication for asthma, but you need to make sure you rinse your mouth after using it.

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Quick facts about Alvesco
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Is an effective inhaled maintenance medication for moderate to severe asthma.
  • Can be used with a spacer if you have trouble coordinating inhalation.
  • Doesn't require as much lung strength to inhale compared to dry-powder inhalers.
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Downsides

  • Doesn't cure asthma, only helps you breathe easier and prevents your asthma from worsening.
  • You may not see improvement in symptoms for a week or two after starting Alvesco (ciclesonide).
  • Only brand is available so it may be expensive.
  • Only available for use in people 12 years and older.
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How it works

Alvesco (ciclesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid. It lowers the inflammation in your lungs to help you breathe easier.

Quick facts about Alvesco
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
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What to expect when you take Alvesco (ciclesonide) for Asthma

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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Throat pain
  • Stuffy nose
  • Upper airway infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Joint pain
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Side effect rates for Alvesco (ciclesonide)

From 832 clinical trials of Alvesco when taken for asthma (alvesco 80 mcg twice daily)
  • Common cold
    10%10%
    7%7%
  • Upper airway infection
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Headache
    4%4%
    7%7%
  • Throat pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Alvesco.

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People taking Alvesco felt side effect more

People taking Alvesco felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Alvesco (ciclesonide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Alvesco (ciclesonide)

    Alvesco (ciclesonide) may cause a fungal infection of the mouth and throat called thrush. Rinse your mouth after taking this medicine. Tell your doctor if you notice white patches inside your mouth or throat or have difficulty swallowing while taking Alvesco (ciclesonide).