What is this medication?
RESLIZUMAB (res li ZOO mab) prevents the symptoms of asthma. It is prescribed when other asthma medications have not worked well enough. It works by decreasing inflammation of the airways, making it easier to breathe. Do not use it to treat a sudden asthma attack. It is a monoclonal antibody.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): CINQAIR
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- Cancer or a history of cancer
- Parasitic (helminth) infection
- An unusual or allergic reaction to reslizumab, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medication is injected into a vein. It is given by a care team in a hospital or clinic setting.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time. The sheet may change often.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
Keep appointments for follow-up doses. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your care team if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medication?
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Your condition will be monitored carefully each time you receive this medication and for a short time after each infusion.
Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your rescue asthma medication more often, call your care team right away.
Do not stop taking your other asthma medications unless your care team tells you to.
Talk to your care team about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medication.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medication?
This medication is given in a hospital or clinic. It will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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