When i prescribed Nucala, do i need to take it (once a month) forever ?
How is Nucala given?
Use Nucala exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Before you start treatment with Nucala, your doctor may perform tests to measure your levels of a certain type of white blood cell (eosinophils).
Nucala is injected under the skin once every 4 weeks. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not give yourself this medicine if you do not understand how to use the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Nucala is not a rescue medicine. It will not work fast enough to treat an asthma attack. Use only a fast acting inhalation medicine for an asthma attack. Tell your doctor if it seems like your asthma medications don't work as well.
Nucala is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.
Gently swirl but do not shake the mixed medicine. Prepare your dose only when you are ready to give an injection. Do not use if the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Each single-use vial (bottle) of Nucala is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.
Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
If you also use a steroid medication, do not stop using it suddenly or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk with your doctor about tapering your steroid dose before stopping completely.
Store unmixed Nucala at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
After mixing this medicine, store it at room temperature and use within 8 hours. Do not freeze.
For all the doubts which were not answered , those should be answered by your DR.
Nucala should be given every 28 days unless your doctor decides otherwise. It's not a one and done shot. Some people may stay on it for as long as it helps - potentially life even.
- Nucala Information for Consumers
- Nucala Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nucala (detailed)
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