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Alvesco Side Effects

Generic Name: ciclesonide

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of ciclesonide. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Alvesco.

For the Consumer

Applies to ciclesonide: inhalation aerosol liquid

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ciclesonide (the active ingredient contained in Alvesco). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking ciclesonide:

More common:
  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • muscle aches
  • nasal congestion
  • pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
  • shortness of breath or troubled breathing
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tightness of chest or wheezing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Sore mouth or tongue
  • white patches in mouth and/or on tongue
Incidence not known:
  • Blindness
  • blurred vision
  • creamy white, curd-like patches in mouth or throat
  • darkening of skin
  • decreased vision
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • hoarseness
  • lack or slowing of normal growth in children
  • large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • nausea
  • pain when eating or swallowing
  • painful or difficult urination
  • skin rash
  • tearing
  • vomiting

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with ciclesonide may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common:
  • Back pain
  • difficulty in moving
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in arms or legs
  • pain in joints
  • Chest discomfort
  • dry mouth or throat
  • voice changes

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ciclesonide: inhalation aerosol


The most commonly reported adverse reactions have included headache, nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, upper respiratory infection, arthralgia, nasal congestion, and back pain.[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site reaction, application site dryness[Ref]


Cough, dysphonia, and dry throat were reported in less than 1% of patients and at a greater incidence than with placebo. Paradoxical bronchospasm may be related to the drug, the excipient, or evaporation cooling in the case of metered dose inhalers.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, pharyngolaryngeal pain, upper respiratory infection, nasal congestion, hoarseness, pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsillitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Laryngitis
Frequency not reported: Cough, dysphonia, dry throat, paradoxical bronchospasm[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included immediate or delayed hypersensitivity reactions such as angioedema with swelling of lips, tongue, and pharynx.[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Oral candidiasis, gastroenteritis, vomiting, upper abdominal pain, diarrhea, toothache
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bad taste
Frequency not reported: Dry mouth, nausea[Ref]

During clinical trials, Candida albicans infections of the mouth and pharynx occurred 32 of 3038 patients (1%); the majority of infections occurred in patients receiving 320 mcg per day. Most cases were mild to moderate. Dry mouth and nausea were reported in less than 1% of patients and at a greater incidence than with placebo.[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis
Frequency not reported: Glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, cataracts[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Urticaria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eczema, rash[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Extremity pain, back pain[Ref]


Chest discomfort was reported in less than 1% of patients and at a greater incidence than with placebo. Palpitations were mostly observed in patients taking concomitant medication known to have cardiac effects.[Ref]

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Palpitations, hypertension
Frequency not reported: Chest discomfort[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Agitation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, behavioral changes[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Alvesco (ciclesonide)." Nycomed USA, Florham Park, NJ.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Not all side effects for Alvesco may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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