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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Alvesco belongs to the class of medications called inhaled corticosteroids and is used to treat asthma. It helps to control symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by decreasing inflammation in the lungs and thereby opening the airways. However, it will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started. Ciclesonide usually starts to work within 24 hours, but it may take 1 or 2 weeks to see the full benefit.
If white patches start to appear or your condition worsens, then consult your doctor right away. Some serious side effects include vision changes, headaches, puffy face, muscle pain/ weakness or increased urination.
A very serious allergic reaction to Alvesco is very rare.