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Alvesco MDI (ciclesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid used either alone or with other medications to manage symptoms of asthma over the long term. It does not provide fast-acting relief and should not be used in place of epinephrine, albuterol, or any other rescue inhaler.
Like all steroids, over time Alvesco MDI reduces inflammation in the airways and inhibits the immune system's response to allergens. This action reduces the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, but is unlikely to eliminate them altogether.
Long-Term Asthma Management
The MDI in this product's name stands for Metered Dose Inhaler, which means each puff delivers a precise amount of medication. It is available in two strengths:
The larger dose inhaler is convenient for patients who need to take more than 80 mcg in a dose, but it is not necessary; achieving 160 mcg through 2 puffs of an 80 mcg inhaler will provide the same benefit as receiving it through 1 puff of a 160 mcg inhaler.
Inhalers need to be primed before first use, which can be done by simply spraying the inhaler into the air 3 times prior to the first puff. Priming should be repeated any time the inhaler has gone unused for more than 10 days. Alvesco MDI does not need to be shaken before use.
Treatment is straightforward once the ideal dosage has been found:
Patients who are transitioning from large doses of oral steroids, such as prednisone, may be temporarily prescribed significantly higher daily doses than those listed above.
It takes about 4 weeks for the full benefits of Alvesco MDI to be felt, though some individuals notice improvements within days of starting.
Treatment usually continues for as long as it remains effective, often spanning years or decades.
Precautions Before Use
Some things to keep in mind to ensure treatment is trouble-free:
Alvesco MDI should be used with caution in patients with:
It is not unusual for a range of side effects to be experienced when treatment with Alvesco MDI starts or when dosage is increased. These effects are usually mild and often stop after a few weeks of treatment, as the body adjusts. In general side effects are not cause for concern unless severe or persistent:
If side effects do become severe, discontinue use of Alvesco MDI until speaking with a doctor.
No current Rx required
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Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.