What should I know about ciclesonide before using it?

Before using ciclesonide, tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following health conditions:

  • osteoporosis or a family history of osteoporosis
  • glaucoma
  • tuberculosis
  • cataracts
  • herpes eye infection
  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding

Before using ciclesonide, tell your doctor about all prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking for any health condition, including your asthma. Your doctor will need to know about your use of oral steroids or seizure medications, and may have to adjust the doses of other medications to prevent drug interactions or help your medications work better.

Long-term use of ciclesonide can increase your risk for glaucoma and osteoporosis. If you are having dental surgery, tell your dentist that you use ciclesonide. When using ciclesonide, try to avoid being near people with colds, infections and contagious diseases. Also, tell your doctor if you haven't been vaccinated for chicken pox or the measles and have never had either disease. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you have any untreated infections in your body. Tell your doctor if you have any mobility restrictions that require bed rest or long periods of immobility.

When first used, ciclesonide can trigger asthma symptoms of wheezing or shortness of breath. It is important to have a fast-acting inhaler close by to treat your asthma symptoms if they develop. Before using ciclesonide to treat your child's asthma symptoms, it is important to discuss the possible effects on your child's growth. Ciclesonide is not a cure for asthma. The maximum benefits of using this inhalation medication may not be apparent until about a month of using it.   

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