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Dupixent

DUPIXENT (Dupilumab)

 

  • Dupixent is also a medication for patients with poorly controlled eosinophilic asthma and works by blocking a number of inflammatory cells that affect patients with asthma.
  • Dupixent is administered as a shot under the skin, and is given once every other week.  
  • Patients will receive the first three doses of Dupixent in clinic so that we can teach the patient how to self inject.You will be monitored for one hour after the first dose to make sure you do not have a reaction to the medication. You will be monitored for 30 minutes after the next two doses. 
  • After the first three injections are complete, the patient can administer Dupixent at home alone.
  • The most common side effects with Dupixent are:
  • Sore throat
  • Injection site reaction (temporary redness or pain)
  • Elevated eosinophil level
  • Severe allergic reaction (Rare)

Fasenra

FASENRA (Benralizumab)

 

  • Fasenra is a medication for patients with eosinophilic asthma and works by reducing the number of eosinophils in your blood.
  • Fasenra is administered as a shot under the skin. It is given once every four weeks for the first three doses, then once every eight weeks.
  • After you receive a dose of Fasenra, most infusion centers will monitor you for a period of time to make sure you do not have any reactions to the medication.
  • The most common side effects with Fasenra are:
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Severe allergic reaction (Rare)

Cinqair

CINQAIR (Reslizumab)

 

  • Cinqair is also a medication for patients with eosinophilic asthma. It is also works by reducing the number of eosinophils in your blood.
  • Cinqair is administered as an intravenous infusion (through the vein). It takes about 20 to 50 minutes to receive the infusion. It is given once every four weeks.
  • After you receive a dose of Cinqair, most infusion centers will monitor you for a period of time to make sure you do not have any reactions to the medication. 
  • The most common side effects with Cinqair are: 
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Severe allergic reaction (Rare) 

 

 

Nucala

NUCALA (Mepolizumab)

  • Nucala is a medication for patients with eosinophilic asthma. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that can cause inflammation in the lungs of some patients with asthma. Nucala works by reducing the number of eosinophils in your blood.
  • Nucala is administered as a shot under the skin once every four weeks.
  • After you receive a dose of Nucala, most infusion centers will monitor you for a period of time to make sure you do not have any reactions to the medication. 
  • The most common side effects with Nucala are:
  • Headaches 
  • Injection site reaction 
  • Back pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Severe allergic reaction (Rare) 

Biologic Therapy Drugs

XOLAIR (Omalizumab)

  • Xolair is a medication for patients with poorly controlled asthma and allergies due to year-round allergens (dust mites, pet dander, or cockroach debris). Xolair blocks the Antibody that causes an allergic asthma response. 
  • Xolair is given as one or two subcutaneous injections (shots given under the skin), depending on the dose prescribed. 
  • Xolair is given every two or four weeks depending on the dose prescribed. 
  • After you receive a dose of Xolair, most infusion centers will monitor you for a period of time to make sure you do not have any reactions to the medication. 
  • The most common side effects with Xoliar are:
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint aches
  • Fatigue
  • Injection site reaction
  • Severe allergic reaction (Rare) 

BIOLOGIC THERAPY

Asthma is a complex disease. Many patients are able to control asthma with inhaler therapy. Some patients with severe asthma have frequent symptoms or “episodes” where their asthma gets much worse even though a patient is using more than one inhaler. Now there are options called Biologic therapy to help patients with severe asthma. Biologic therapies offer new ways of treatment because they target different molecules in the body that contribute to asthma. Our patients who are currently receiving Biologic therapy have all had positive outcomes not only with symptom control but quality of life.

Wondering whether you should receive immunotherapy injections while under the weather?

Patients have multiple questions about receiving their allergy injections while being sick. Especially in Fall/Winter seasons. Our Providers care about the safety of our patients, and do advise you wait on an injection if you have the following symptoms…

 

  • Fever
  • Shortness Of Breath/Tight Chest
  • Wheezing/Cough

 

If you are noticing these symptoms, please ask a nurse prior to receiving your injection.