This medicine is an anti-IgE monoclonal antibody 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, keeps your asthma under better control.
Follow the directions for using this product provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a MEDICATION GUIDE approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read it carefully each time you refill this medicine. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This medicine is usually administered at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. It is given as an injection under the skin. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE as directed on the prescription label. CONTINUE TO USE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE or if you are unable to keep your doctor's appointment, contact your doctor right away.
THIS MEDICINE MAY RARELY CAUSE A SEVERE AND SOMETIMES LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIC REACTION. This may occur right after receiving a dose, or hours later. It may occur after the first dose or after many doses. Your doctor will monitor you for a period of time after you receive your dose of this medicine. Your doctor will monitor you for a period of time after your receive your dose of this medicine. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR OR SEEK MEDICAL CARE AT ONCE if you develop trouble breathing; wheezing; shortness of breath; cough; chest tightness; fast or weak heartbeat; anxiety; dizziness; fainting; flushing; itching; hives; rash; feeling unusually warm; hoarseness; trouble swallowing; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat. Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking other medicines for asthma. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including severe trouble breathing or a history of allergies (especially to murine proteins), pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have a history of cancer or if you will be travelling to areas where exposure to a parasitic infection (eg, roundworm, hookworm) is possible. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include bruising, itching, pain, redness, stinging, swelling, or warmth at the injection site; headache; joint aches; leg, arm, or ear pain; or sinus inflammation. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience anxiety; calf pain, swelling, or tenderness; chest pain; confusion; cough; dizziness; fainting; fast, weak, or irregular heartbeat; feeling unusually warm; flushing; hoarseness; new or worsening breathing problems or shortness of breath; numbness or tingling; one-sided weakness; speech problems; swelling of a vein; symptoms of sinus or lung infection (eg, congestion, cough, or fever); trouble swallowing; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual lumps, growths, or moles; unusual swelling of the hands or feet; vision problems; or wheezing. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. KEEP THIS MEDICINE, as well as needles and syringes, out of the reach of children and pets.