Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderPrior to using this medication, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Never had chickenpox or the measles (or never been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Alvesco and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Alvesco and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Ciclesonide Inhaler to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does the Ciclesonide Inhaler Work?In people with asthma, the airways may become inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to allergens or irritants (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, a few things happen: the muscles around these airways tighten, inflammation inside the airways increases, and cells inside the airways produce more mucus. This narrows the airways and makes it harder to breathe.
The ciclesonide inhaler is an asthma medication that belongs to a group of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or simply steroids for short. Inhaled steroids go directly into the lungs and help to decrease inflammation, reducing the risk of asthma attacks. Because the inhaler does not work quickly, it should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, it is used every day in order to prevent attacks.
Because the medication is inhaled directly into the lungs, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the serious side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
(Click Asthma Treatment for information about other medicines used to manage this condition.)
The ciclesonide inhaler is not an asthma cure.