Fasenra : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More
Why is this medication prescribed?
Fasenra (Benralizumab) injection is used together with other medications to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough caused by asthma in adults and children 12 years of age and older whose asthma is not controlled by their current medication. for asthma. Fasenra injection is in a class of medications called monoclonal antibodies. It works by reducing certain types of white blood cells to help decrease swelling and irritation in the airways to allow easier breathing.
How should this medicine be used?
Fasenra (Benralizumab) injection comes as a solution to inject subcutaneously (just under the skin) into the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen. It is usually given by a doctor or nurse in a doctor’s office or health care facility. It is usually given once every 4 weeks for the first 3 doses, then once every 8 weeks. Your doctor will determine the duration of your treatment based on your condition and how well you respond to the medication.
Do not decrease the dose of any other asthma medicine or stop taking any other medicine that your doctor has prescribed, unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the doses of your other medicines.
Fasenra injection is not used to treat a sudden attack of asthma symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe a short-acting inhaler for you to use during attacks. Talk to your doctor about how to treat the symptoms of a sudden asthma attack. If your asthma symptoms get worse or you have asthma attacks more often, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before receiving Fasenra injection,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Fasenra, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Fasenra injection. Ask your pharmacist for a list of ingredients or check the manufacturer’s patient information.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you have a parasitic infection.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while receiving Fasenra injection, call your doctor.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Fasenra injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- sore throat
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
- fainting or dizziness
Fasenra injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while receiving this medicine.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim collapsed, had a seizure, is having trouble breathing, or cannot wake up, call 911 immediately.
What other information should I know?
Keep all your appointments with your doctor.
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Fasenra injection.
It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you every time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.
Disclaimer: DrLinex has made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.