Generic Name : Omalizumab Pronunciation : OH-ma-LIZ-oo-mab Therapeutic Classification : Monoclonal antibodies ICD Code : Y43.4
International- Xolair. Why it is prescribed (Indications) : This medication is a recombinant monoclonal antibody, prescribed for moderate to severe asthma. It reduces the allergic responses in the body. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken : SC: The recommended dose is 150 to 375 mg every 2 or 4 weeks. Doses greater than 150 mg should be divided and administered at different sites. How it should be taken : It comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of cancer, any allergy, asthma, infections, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
* Patient may develop with increased risk of infections with worms that live inside the body, if it so consult with your doctor.
Side Effects :
Most Common- Injection site reaction, viral infections, upper respiratory tract infection, inflammation of sinus/pharynx and headache.
Body as a whole- Pain and fatigue.
Musculoskeletal- Joint/leg/arm pain and fracture.
Central Nervous system- Headache and dizziness.
Skin- Itching and inflammation.
ENT- Ear pain.
*Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C), do not freeze it.
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