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Ciclesonide is used for treating seasonal and perennial nasal allergy symptoms. It is a type of steroid that works by decreasing inflammation. The medication is available by prescription and is typically used once a day. Even though most people tolerate it well, potential side effects can include nose and throat inflammation, nosebleeds, headache, and ear pain.

What Is Ciclesonide?

Ciclesonide (Omnaris®, Zetonna™) is a prescription steroid nasal spray licensed to treat sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and nasal itching due to allergies (known medically as allergic rhinitis). It can be used to treat both seasonal allergies and allergies that occur all year long (known as perennial allergies).
Ciclesonide is available as two different products. Omnaris is a liquid nasal spray, while Zetonna is in the form of a nasal aerosol. Both are sprayed into the nostrils.
(Click What Is Ciclesonide Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with ciclesonide. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of ciclesonide include but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Inflammation of the nose and throat
  • Ear pain.
(Click Side Effects of Ciclesonide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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