Alvesco

Alvesco is a type of medicine known as a glucocorticoid that is used as a preventer medication for asthma sufferers. This means that it needs to be regularly taken for a period of time to prevent the symptoms of asthma, even if you are feeling well. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Alvesco Inhaler 80 mcg

Alvesco Inhaler 160 mcg

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What is Alvesco?

Alvesco is a type of medicine known as a glucocorticoid that is used as a preventer medication for asthma sufferers. This means that it needs to be regularly taken for a period of time to prevent the symptoms of asthma, even if you are feeling well. It is not designed to treat a sudden asthma attack as it only becomes active after it has been inhaled into your lungs. A faster-acting medication should be used to treat an asthma attack. Asthma can be life-threatening, so if you do not have a suitable inhaler with you and you experience an asthma attack, you should seek urgent medical assistance. 

How does Alvesco work?

Ciclesonide, the active ingredient, reduces inflammation in the airways which improves airflow and reduces the symptoms of asthma. The aerosol canister enables small particles of the medication to quickly reach the small airways of the lungs. 

How to take Alvesco?

Avesco is supplied in an aerosol inhaler device and should be orally inhaled. 

Before using it for the first time, you will need to prime your Alvesco inhaler. 

Remove the plastic cap covering the mouthpiece;
Hold it upright and release three test sprays making sure that the inhaler is faced away from your face. 
Look at the dose indicator display window and check that at least 60 sprays are showing. If less than 60 sprays are left after the three priming spray, return it to the pharmacy. 

To use the Alvesco inhaler:

  • Hold the inhaler with your thumb and forefinger so that the spray area is unimpeded; 
  • Place the mouthpiece in your mouth with your tongue at its base;
  • Breathe out slowly;
  • When you breathe in, release the inhaler by pressing firmly on the dose indicator section and hold your breath for as long as possible (aim for at least ten seconds); 
  • Remove the inhaler and exhale slowly. 
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water (this reduces the likelihood of dental decay);
  • Replace the cap and store in a safe place until it is time for your next dose. 

Alvesco should ideally be taken once a day in the morning or evening. The maximum benefit of the medication may decline after approximately four weeks of continuous use. 

Dosage

Alvesco is suitable for adults and children of 12 years and older. A typical dose is 160 micrograms per day, although the prescriptions can range from 100 to 400 micrograms per day. The risk of harm from overdose is very small but you should always follow the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist. 

Side effects

Common side effects of Alvesco include:

  • Headache; 
  • Nosebleeds; 
  • Joint pain;
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • Rhinitis. 

When is it not safe to take Alvesco?

To ensure that Alvesco is a suitable medication for you, always tell your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, including any over the counter or herbal medications. Alvesco may be unsuitable if you have or have ever had:

  • Tuberculosis;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Osteoporosis;
  • Herpes of the eyes. 

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding / Driving / Alcohol

There have been no studies regarding the safety of Alvesco during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. There are no contraindications against driving or drinking alcohol.