Reslizumab - Drug Information

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Last Updated : 10/24/2016

General Information on Reslizumab

Generic Name : Reslizumab

Latest prescription information about Reslizumab. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Trade Names/Brand Names of Reslizumab

Cinqair

Why is Reslizumab Prescribed? (Indications)

Reslizumab is an interleukin 5 antagonist monoclonal antibody that is prescribed along with other medications as an add-on treatment for asthma in patients above 18 years or in patients with eosinophilic phenotype (1).

The drug mainly acts by reducing the white blood cells which lead to asthma. 

When should Reslizumab not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Reslizumab is contraindicated in:

Patients who are allergic to the drug.
Conditions where patients take it with other prescription medications or nutritional supplements.
Pregnancy or breastfeeding as it might harm the baby.

What is the dosage of Reslizumab?

The recommended dose of the drug is 3mg/kg to be administered as an intravenous infusion over 20 to 50 minutes once every 4 weeks.

How should Reslizumab be taken?

Reslizumab comes in the form of an intravenous infusion to be administered into the vein.
Do not administer the drug as an intravenous push or bolus but give it slowly over time.

What are the warnings and precautions for Reslizumab?

Reslizumab should not be used for patients with other eosinophilic conditions and cannot be used for the treatment of
a. Acute bronchospasm (constriction of the bronchioles)
b. Status asthmaticus (extreme forms of continuous asthma attacks).
Avoid using the drug if there is any signs of parasitic infections.
Do not discontinue corticosteroid drugs while initiating reslizumab therapy as it might result in withdrawal symptoms.

What are the side effects of Reslizumab?

Side effects of Reslizumab injection may increase :

Hypersensitivity and Anaphylactic reactions which may result in itching, skin rashes, breathing difficulty, nausea, dizziness, light headedness, swelling of the face or lips.
Throat pain
Risk of cancer in long term.

What are the other precautions for Reslizumab?

Do not administer the injection if there is any presence of visible or particulate matter.
Do not take the injection if you are planning for pregnancy or if you are pregnant to avoid harmful effects on the fetus.
Consult the doctor before breastfeeding while taking reslizumab injection.

What are the storage conditions of Reslizumab?

Store the injection in a refrigerator at 2 - 8 C. Do not freeze or shake the vial. Protect it from excess light by storing it in the original container.

Last Updated : 10/24/2016

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