Known interactions

No interactions found.

Information about Omalizumab

Brand Name(s): Xolair

Generic Name Omalizumab

What is Omalizumab injection?

OMALIZUMAB (Xolair®) is a drug used to help treat allergic asthma and other allergy conditions. Omalizumab may be given in combination with other agents to treat allergic asthma or allergy symptoms. A generic omalizumab injection is not available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive omalizumab?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • lymphoma or other cancer
  • an unusual reaction to omalizumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should this medicine be used?

Omalizumab is for injection under the skin. A health care professional will likely give this injection to you in a clinic or doctor's office.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

Try not to miss appointments for your scheduled dose. This injection is usually administered every 2 to 4 weeks. If you cannot keep your appointment, notify your prescriber or health care professional.

What drug(s) may interact with omalizumab?

Drug interactions with omalizumab have not been reported.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving omalizumab?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • bleeding (example: nosebleed) or unusual bruising
  • difficulty breathing
  • skin rash or hives
  • shortness of breath

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • mild redness, itching, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
  • nausea

What should I watch for while taking omalizumab?

Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you take omalizumab for asthma, the treatment may not result in immediate improvement in asthma symptoms; you may notice gradual improvement. Your prescriber will monitor blood tests to determine how often you will need omalizumab treatments.

Do not decrease the dose of, or stop taking, any of your other asthma or allergy treatments unless otherwise instructed by your prescriber or health care professional.

Where can I keep my medicine?

This does not apply. You will not be given omalizumab to keep at home.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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