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What other severe asthma treatments are there?

There are now new treatments becoming available to treat different types of severe asthma, specifically to reduce asthma symptoms and flare-ups in people with particular types of severe asthma. These medications are sometimes referred to as ‘monoclonal antibodies’ or ‘biologics’, such as omalizumab known as Xolair®, mepolizumab known as Nucala® and benralizumab known as Fasenra®. These treatments are approved in Australia, for severe asthma that is not controlled by maximal preventer therapy (some are subsidised on the PBS if certain strict criteria are met).

Who can prescribe biologics?
Biologics can only be prescribed by a hospital-based specialist experienced in treating severe asthm ...
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How are biologics given?
Biologics are given by injection into the fat layer just under the skin – called a ‘subcutaneous inj ...
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Can I stop my other asthma medication?
When you start a biologic, you will also need to continue to take your preventer and reliever medica ...
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Do biologics help everyone?
Biologics are a very promising treatment for some people with severe asthma. But that doesn’t mean t ...
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Xolair
Xolair® (omalizumab) is used to treat severe ‘allergic’ asthma in people who are already being treat ...
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Nucala
Nucala® (mepolizumab) is used to treat a type of severe asthma, called severe ‘eosinophilic asthma’, ...
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Fasenra
Fasenra® targets white blood cells in your body, called, eosinophils. Some people with asthma produc ...
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