Alvesco is a man-made corticosteroid medication that is administered through an inhaler to prevent and reduce the symptoms of asthma. Ciclesonide, the active ingredient in Alvesco works by reducing the swelling of the airways in the lungs to make breathing easier and prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Alvesco may be prescribed along with other asthma medications, such as bronchodilators or corticosteroids that are taken by mouth.
Conditions Treated by Alvesco
Alvesco is used in the prevention and treatment of asthma and may also be prescribed to treat severe chronic obstructed lung disease.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.
Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, it is believed that genetic and environment factors may interact to cause asthma, which usually appears in childhood. These factors include: an inherited tendency for allergies; certain respiratory infections during childhood; parents with asthma; contact with airborne allergens or exposure to viral infections early in life when the immune system is still developing.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe affects more than 12 million people in the US and is the fourth leading cause of death. The most common cause of COPD is smoking.
Before You Take Alvesco
Before using Alvesco, advise your doctor of any medical conditions, especially: tuberculosis, an infection of your mouth or throat, glaucoma or history of cataracts, herpes infection of your eyes, or a personal or family history of osteoporosis.
Alvesco must be used regularly every day to obtain the maximum benefits. While you might feel this medication starting to work within 24 hours, it will likely take several weeks before the full benefit of Alvesco takes effect.
Warnings for Alvesco
Alvesco will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. A fast acting inhalation medicine should be used for an asthma attack. Steroid medication can weaken your immune system, making it easier for you to get an infection. You should avoid contact people with infections and inform your doctor if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles.
Possible Side Effects of Alvesco
· Joint pain
· Irritation of the nose and throat
· Upper respiratory infection
Drugs Similar to Alvesco
· Asmanex Twisthaler
· Pulmicort Flexhaler