What is this medicine?
BENRALIZUMAB (BEN ra LIZ oo mab) is used to help treat severe asthma. It should be used in combination with other asthma treatments.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is give by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
painful rash or blisters
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
pain, redness, or irritation at the site where injected
weak or tired
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
Keep appointments for follow-up doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
parasitic (helminth) infection
an unusual or allergic reaction to benralizumab, hamster proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Do not stop taking your other asthma medicines unless instructed to do so by your doctor or health care professional.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
July 17, 2018