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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ciclesonide if you have:
 
  • Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
  • Not had chickenpox or the measles (and have not been vaccinated against them)
  • Recently had nasal surgery
  • Sores or injury to the inside of your nose
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ciclesonide to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Ciclesonide Work?

Allergies occur as the result of the immune system's reaction to normally harmless substances that do not bother most people. This immune system reaction is known as inflammation and involves several different types of cells and chemicals in the body.
 
Ciclesonide is a corticosteroid, or simply "steroid" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. They decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. Steroids can be effective for treating conditions such as allergies.
 
However, long-term use can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because ciclesonide is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.
 
Although ciclesonide is a steroid, it is not the same type of steroid used to enhance athletic performance or to increase muscle mass. These steroids are completely different from the type used in nasal sprays (such as ciclesonide).
 
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