Xolair Side Effects
Generic name: omalizumab
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 6, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about omalizumab. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Xolair.
More frequent side effects include: lower leg pain. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to omalizumab: subcutaneous powder for solution, subcutaneous solution
Subcutaneous route (Powder for Solution; Solution)
AnaphylaxisAnaphylaxis, presenting as bronchospasm, hypotension, syncope, urticaria, and/or angioedema of the throat or tongue, has been reported to occur after administration of omalizumab. Anaphylaxis has occurred after the first dose of omalizumab, but also has occurred beyond 1 year after beginning treatment. Closely observe patients for an appropriate period of time after omalizumab administration and be prepared to manage anaphylaxis that can be life-threatening. Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and have them seek immediate medical care should symptoms occur.
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, omalizumab (the active ingredient contained in Xolair) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking omalizumab:
- Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
- body produces substance that can bind to drug making it less effective or cause side effects
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- hives, itching, or skin rash
- malignant tumor
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Black, tarry stools
- bleeding gums
- blood in the urine or stools
- chest pain
- difficulty in moving
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain in the joints
- painful or difficult urination
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- swollen glands
- unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of omalizumab may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
- body aches or pain
- cold or flu-like symptoms
- dryness or soreness of the throat
- leg pain
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- stuffy or runny nose
- voice changes
- Arm pain
- cracked, dry, or scaly skin
Incidence not known
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to omalizumab: subcutaneous powder for injection, subcutaneous solution
The more commonly reported side effects included injection site reactions, headache, and nasopharyngitis.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Any injection site reaction, including pain, swelling, itching, redness, bruising, bleeding, induration, or mass (up to 45%), severe injection site reaction (up to 12%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arm swelling[Ref]
In clinical trials, any injection site reaction occurred in 45% and 43% of patients given this drug and placebo, respectively; severe reactions occurred in 12% and 9%, respectively.[Ref]
In clinical studies, viral infection occurred in 37% and 39% or patients given this drug or placebo, respectively. Increased parasitic infections, compared to placebo, were not statistically significant.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Viral infection (up to 37%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Moniliasis, parasitic infection
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anti-omalizumab antibody development
In clinical trials, headache occurred in 37% of patients given either this drug (n=716) or placebo (n=694); headache occurred very commonly in patients 6 to 12 years old.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 27%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Syncope, vasovagal syncope, somnolence, paresthesia
Very common (10% or more): Back pain (up to 13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, myalgia, sprains, strains, extremity pain, fracture
Postmarketing reports: Joint swelling[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, viral upper respiratory infection (URI), URI
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pharyngitis, cough, allergic bronchospasm
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Laryngoedema
In clinical trials with chronic idiopathic urticarial, patients reported nasopharyngitis 9.1%, 6.6%, and 7% in 150 mg, 300 mg, and placebo, respectively; sinusitis (1.1%, 4.9%, 2.1%), cough (1.1%, 2.2%,1.2%), and upper respiratory infection (11.1%, 3.4%, 2.1%) were also reported by patients, respectively.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Dermatitis, pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Skin rashes, flushing, photosensitivity
In clinical trials, fever occurred very commonly in patients 6 to 12 years old.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Fever, earache
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fatigue, post-injection phenomena[Ref]
In clinical trials, upper abdominal pain was very common in patients 6 to 12 years old. In clinical trials with chronic idiopathic urticarial, patients reported nausea 1.1%, 2.7%, and 2.5% of the time with 150 mg, 300 mg, and placebo, respectively.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Upper abdominal pain, nausea
Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urticaria
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Anaphylactic reactions, angioedema
Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Postural hypotension
Postmarketing reports: Hypotension, chest tightness[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asymptomatic platelet decreases
In clinical trials, 0.6% of patients developed decreased platelet counts below the normal laboratory range; these patients did not have associated bleeding episodes or decreased hemoglobin.[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Weight increases[Ref]
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