More Info on Indications for Alvesco
How Does Alvesco Work?
As mentioned, Alvesco is part of a class of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. Inflammation is an important component of asthma, and steroids help to decrease inflammation.
Because Alvesco is inhaled directly into the lungs, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
Can Children Use It?Alvesco is approved for children age 12 and older. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Alvesco in children. Inhaled steroids such as Alvesco may slightly slow the growth of children or teenagers.
Off-Label Uses for AlvescoOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Alvesco for something other than asthma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). For example, prescribing this medication to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) would be considered an off-label Alvesco use.