omalizumab - injection, Xolair

Asthma Attack Treatment

GENERIC NAME: OMALIZUMAB - INJECTION (OH-ma-LIZ-ue-mab)

BRAND NAME(S): Xolair

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WARNING: This medication can cause a very serious (sometimes fatal) allergic reaction. In many cases, this type of reaction occurred after the first dose, but it can occur with any later doses. This type of reaction usually occurred within 24 hours or up to 4 days after receiving this medication. Your health care professional will monitor you closely during treatment for any signs of an allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if at any time you develop any signs of an allergic reaction including: trouble breathing, cough, chest tightness, rash, itching, swelling (especially of the throat, tongue), hives, dizziness.

If you have had an allergic reaction to omalizumab, you must never use omalizumab again.

USES: This medication is used to treat moderate to severe asthma in adults and children over 12 years of age. It works by blocking your immune system's natural response to allergic triggers that can lead to an acute asthma attack. This action on your immune system (specifically immunoglobulin E-IgE), helps keep your air passages open and, over time, it keeps your asthma in better control.This medication does not work immediately and should not be used for the quick relief of an acute asthma attack.

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