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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.
Ciclesonide nasal spray belongs to the class of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to treat seasonal and perennial (year-round) allergic rhinitis in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older. Ciclesonide nasal spray works by reducing inflammation in the nose that may cause itching, nasal congestion (blocked nose), runny nose and sneezing, symptoms that occur with seasonal allergies (e.g., hay fever), and other year-round allergies. It may start to work in about 1 hour but may take a few days for you to notice the full effects of this medication.
For adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older, the usual recommended dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once daily. The maximum total daily dosage should not exceed 2 sprays in each nostril (200 µg per day). For the best results, ciclesonide nasal spray should be used regularly each day. Shake the medication gently before using it and gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils before each use.