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How Does It Work?

As mentioned, the ciclesonide inhaler is part of a class of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. Inflammation is an important component of asthma, and steroids help to decrease inflammation.
 
Because the medication in the ciclesonide inhaler is breathed 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 side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
 

Can Children Use the Inhaler?

The ciclesonide inhaler is approved for children age 12 and older. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the ciclesonide inhaler in children. Inhaled steroids may slightly slow the growth of children or teenagers.
 

Is the Ciclesonide Inhaler Used for Off-Label Purposes?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than asthma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). For example, prescribing it to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) would be considered an off-label ciclesonide inhaler use.
 
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