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What is this medicine?
RESLIZUMAB (res li ZOO mab) is used to help treat severe asthma. It should be used in combination with other asthma treatments to help control severe asthma. This medicine is not used for an acute asthma attack.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
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
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough with mucus or phlegm
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What if I miss a dose?
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:
cancer or a history of cancer
parasitic (helminth) infection
an unusual or allergic reaction to reslizumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully each time you receive this medicine and for a short time after each infusion.
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional 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 doctor right away.
Do not stop taking your other asthma medicines unless your healthcare professional tells you to.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.