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What should I know about ciclesonide nasal spray?

Use ciclesonide nasal spray exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Typically, this will be two sprays in each nostril once a day. Ciclesonide may take up to two weeks to fully relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, so you should start a couple of weeks before pollen season. It may take up to five weeks to fully relieve your symptoms of year-round allergies. You must shake the bottle before each time it is used. It should be primed with eight sprays into the air the first time it is used and if you go more than four days without using the spray. If your symptoms become worse, notify your doctor. Do not stop this medication abruptly.

Never take more than the prescribed dose as this can increase the risk of side effects. If you feel you have given yourself an overdose, get emergency medical help immediately. Try to use ciclesonide at the same time each day to avoid missing a dose. If you do miss a dose, use ciclesonide as soon as you remember it, unless your next dose is due shortly. If so, skip the missed dose and get back on your regular schedule. Store the ciclesonidenasal spray bottle upright, at room temperature, and away from heat and moisture. Discard entire spray bottle after 120 sprays or four months, whichever comes first.

You should not be around people who are sick while you are using ciclesonide. If you are exposed to chicken pox or the measles, you should talk to your doctor as preventive treatments may be available. These diseases can be fatal for people taking a steroid medication.

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