Side Effects of the Ciclesonide Inhaler

In clinical studies, some of the most commonly reported side effects of the ciclesonide inhaler included upper respiratory infection, headaches, and throat irritation. However, most people tolerate it well; if side effects do occur, they tend to be mild and easy to treat. If you develop any serious reactions, such as hives or worsening of asthma, contact your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Ciclesonide Inhaler Side Effects

Just like any medicine, the ciclesonide inhaler (Alvesco®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses it will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate the medicine quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
In a survey of hospitalized patients, less than 1 percent of people taking normal doses of the ciclesonide inhaler reported side effects.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects of the ciclesonide inhaler. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Side Effects of the Ciclesonide Inhaler

Some ciclesonide inhaler side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. Although generally rare, some of these reactions may be fairly common. These include but are not limited to:
  • White patches in the mouth (thrush)
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency (a condition in which your body does not produce enough natural steroids), such as:
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle weakness
    • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
    • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weak bones (diagnosed using a bone scan or through easily broken bones)
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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