XOLAIR is changing the lives of many our patients. Read below to learn more about this treatment, and make an appointment with our doctors to see if XOLAIR is right for you!
Beginning your XOLAIR® Treatment
Congratulations! You are beginning a relatively new (15 years old as of 2018) therapy that is virtually life changing. XOLAIR® is a drug that targets the blood substance IgE that is the root cause of most allergies. It latches on to the protein and also the site where IgE works. In effect, allergies disappear or significantly decrease.
It is FDA approved for use in severe-moderate asthma and chronic idiopathic urticaria (Hives).
Since XOLAIR® is in the group of drugs termed “biologics”, besides being expensive, it is a protein that is injected into your body, and like any drug that is injected, capable of causing an allergic reaction. Most of the time there are few if any side effects from XOLAIR®, but the potential for a reaction is there.
Accordingly, since most of the reported reactions have occurred in the first two hours of the first two visits, we require you to wait 2 hours in the office after your first and second injections. For the 3rd and subsequent injections the wait time is only 30 minutes. We also require you to have and know how to use an epinephrine auto injector for the very rare delayed allergic reaction.
Reactions may be itching, shortness of breath, redness, swelling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, passing out or a feeling something is wrong. These are all symptoms of a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. If any of these occur, alert our staff immediately. It is not unusual to have some soreness at the site of the injection.
Since it is an expensive drug we will not mix it until you confirm your visit shortly before your appointment. Since it takes at least 30 minutes to prepare the injection, ideally call 30 minutes before your scheduled visit.
It is important to keep your appointments regularly as prescribed by your physician.
You will need to see your doctor every 3 months during the first year of treatment and every 4 months for the following years. The doctor visits may be combined with the injection visits. If you are ill with a fever, you should postpone the injection visit.
Additional information is included with this packet. There are also some copay coupons available.
Note: In the case that you don’t have insurance, our office will facilitate the process of getting your XOLAIR® fully funded by the Genentech Access to Care Foundation.
If you have any questions, please call us at 212-758-4633, or message us using your patient portal account.
- Allergy Care of Manhattan Staff