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Nucala (Mepolizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that belongs to the class of medications called interleukin-5 inhibitors. It is used in addition to other medications to treat a type of Asthma called eosinophilic asthma.
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Nucala (Mepolizumab) is a monoclonal antibody that belongs to the class of medications called interleukin-5 inhibitors. It is used in addition to other medications to treat a type of Asthma called eosinophilic asthma. This is a type of asthma where there is an increased presence of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, in your blood. Nucala (Mepolizumab) is used when high-dose corticosteroids and other asthma medications are not enough to control the breathing symptoms.
Nucala (Mepolizumab) is also used to treat eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA). This is a rare condition that appears as an inflammation of the walls of small blood vessels due to too many eosinophils in the blood and tissues. This condition most commonly affects the lungs and sinuses, but other parts of the body may be affected. Nucala (Mepolizumab) is used along with corticosteroids to reduce symptoms and flare-ups of EGPA.
Nucala (Mepolizumab) works by reducing the production of a protein called interleukin-5. This reduces the amount of eosinophils in the blood, lungs, and tissues.
Nucala (Mepolizumab) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Nucala (Mepolizumab) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Nucala (Mepolizumab) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Nucala (Mepolizumab) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Nucala (Mepolizumab), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Nucala (Mepolizumab) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Nucala (Mepolizumab) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Nucala (Mepolizumab) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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For the treatment of eosinophilic asthma, the recommended dose of Nucala (Mepolizumab) for adults and adolescents over 12 years old is 100 mg injected subcutaneously (under the skin) once every 4 weeks. The dose for children ages 6 years to 12 years is 40 mg injected subcutaneously once every 4 weeks.
For the treatment of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, the recommended dose of Nucala (Mepolizumab) for adults is 300 mg injected subcutaneously once every 4 weeks.
Nucala (Mepolizumab) is first given under the supervision of a qualified health care professional in a clinic or doctor's office where side effects, such as a Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), can be treated immediately. If appropriate, you may be trained to give yourself injections of Nucala (Mepolizumab). Do not attempt to prepare or inject Nucala (Mepolizumab) on your own until you completely understand how to mix and inject a dose. If you are having difficulty giving yourself injections, talk to your health care provider.
It is important Nucala (Mepolizumab) be given exactly as recommended by your doctor. If you miss an appointment to receive Nucala (Mepolizumab), contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment. If you are injecting Nucala (Mepolizumab) yourself and you miss a dose, inject it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it almost time for your next injection, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
The powder form of Nucala (Mepolizumab) should be stored in its original carton at room temperature. Protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. The pre-filled autoinjector or pre-filled syringes should be stored in the refrigerator, protected from light. They may be kept at room temperature for up to 7 days if kept in the unopen carton and protected from light. Once the outer carton is removed, Nucala (Mepolizumab) should be injected within 8 hours.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Nucala (Mepolizumab). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Nucala (Mepolizumab) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Nucala (Mepolizumab). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Nucala (Mepolizumab).
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Each vial of sterile, preservative-free, lyophilized powder for subcutaneous injection contains 144 mg of Nucala (Mepolizumab). Once reconstituted with 1.2 mL of sterile water for injection USP, each mL of solution provides 100 mg Nucala (Mepolizumab). Nonmedicinal ingredients: sucrose, sodium phosphate dibasic, heptahydrate, and polysorbate 80 with a pH of 7.0. The vial stopper is latex-free.
Solution for Injection
Each 1 mL of clear-to-opalescent, colourless to pale yellow or pale brown, preservative-free solution for subcutaneous use contains 100 mg of Nucala (Mepolizumab). Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid monohydrate, EDTA disodium dihydrate, polysorbate 80, sodium phosphate dibasic heptahydrate, and sucrose.
Supplied as a pre-filled autoinjector or safety syringe.
Do not take Nucala (Mepolizumab) if you are allergic to Nucala (Mepolizumab) or any ingredients of the medication.
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Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Nucala (Mepolizumab).
Allergic reactions: Any biologic medication such as Nucala (Mepolizumab) can cause severe allergic reactions. If you experience itching, rash, dizziness or fainting, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat or tongue, seek medical help immediately. These reactions usually occur soon after receiving a dose of the medication, but sometimes occur days after the dose and can occur at any time during your treatment with Nucala (Mepolizumab).
Asthma symptoms: Nucala (Mepolizumab) is not intended for use during an asthma attack. Use your reliever medications when you have an episode of wheezing or difficulty breathing.
If your asthma worsens after you start using Nucala (Mepolizumab), let your doctor know.
Infections: People using Nucala (Mepolizumab) may be at an increased risk of developing parasitic infections caused by helminths (worms). If you travel to areas where parasitic worm infections are common, discuss with your doctor how you can avoid developing these infections and what symptoms of these infections to be aware of.
Other medications: Nucala (Mepolizumab) is not intended to replace other asthma medications. Continue to use your "preventers" (long-acting bronchodilators and corticosteroids) and "relievers" (fast-acting bronchodilators) as prescribed by your doctor.
Pregnancy: Nucala (Mepolizumab) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Nucala (Mepolizumab) or less than 4 months after stopping Nucala (Mepolizumab), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Nucala (Mepolizumab) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Nucala (Mepolizumab), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Nucala (Mepolizumab) to treat eosinophilic asthma have not been established for children under 6 years old. The safety and effectiveness of using Nucala (Mepolizumab) to treat eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis have not been established for children under 18 years old.
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