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Ciclesonide is used to relieve seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms of the nose such as stuffy/runny nose, itching, and sneezing. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling (inflammation) in the nasal passages.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using ciclesonide nasal spray and each time you get a refill. Follow the instructions on how to properly use this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Gently blow your nose before using this drug. Follow the instructions on how to properly prime the canister if you are using it for the first time, if you have not used it for 10 days or more, or if the canister and actuator become separated.
Use this medication in the nose as directed by your doctor, usually once a day in both nostrils. Do not use more than 1 spray in each nostril daily as this may increase the risk of side effects. Do not spray this medication in your eyes or directly onto the nasal septum (the wall between your nostrils).
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Clean the outside of the nose piece regularly with a clean dry tissue. Keep track of the number of sprays used from the container with the dose indicator. Discard the container after the dose indicator reads zero.
You may feel the drug start to work within 2 days, but it may take 1 to 2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Nasal dryness/irritation or mild nosebleeds may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: severe nosebleeds, pain in your nose, a whistling sound when you breathe, eye pain, signs of infection (such as white patches in your nose/back of your throat, persistent sore throat, fever, chills).
Rarely, it is possible that corticosteroids given in the nose will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time and in high doses. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before using ciclesonide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recent nose problems (such as injury, ulcers, surgery), current/past infections (including tuberculosis, herpes eye infection), certain eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts).
Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store at room temperature. Do not puncture the canister. Do not use, store, or discard it near heat or open flame. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you use this medication for a long time, laboratory and/or medical tests (such as nose exams, height measurement in children) may be performed to monitor your progress and check for side effects.
Ask your doctor for ways to reduce your exposure to substances (such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, smoke) that can worsen allergy symptoms.