Xolair is prescribed for a variety of severe and chronic immune disorders. It is also used to address allergic conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, angioedema, and similar issues. Xolair can also prevent infections in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
Allergic disorders are pervasive in the US today, with approximately 50 million people suffering from various levels of allergies. In addition to asthma, allergic conditions include hay fever, eczema, hives, and food allergies. Xolair is a new generation medication that the FDA recently approved to treat such diseases in addition to certain cancers and autoimmune disorders.
Typically there are two types of allergic conditions: acute and chronic. Acute allergic reactions can be pretty severe and even life-threatening, mainly if they involve more than one system in the body (known as a multi-system disease). Common acute allergic responses include hives, eczema, swelling of the lips and tongue, and stomach upset. Chronic allergic reactions are much more frequent and often manifest through asthma and sinus issues.
Autoimmune disorders occur when white blood cells called cytotoxic T cells attack healthy body tissue by mistake. These conditions can result in a great deal of pain and suffering, cost a great deal of money to treat, and are challenging to manage successfully even with the most advanced technology currently available.
What does Xolair do to your immune system?
There are proteins in the human body responsible for boosting the immune system and protecting the body from infection and disease. These so-called “antibodies” are necessary for two general functions:
Antibodies help to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and other dangerous foreign substances. They can do this because they bind to specific molecules on foreign substances called antigens. If these antigens bind with antibodies, they can no longer harm your body.
Antibodies also keep your blood from clotting. This is important because when your blood clots, it seals off the passage of harmful substances like bacteria, viruses, and toxins. If you lose too much blood, it can cause a life-threatening condition like a stroke or heart attack.
In addition to protecting the body from dangerous pathogens, antibodies also stimulate immune cells called T lymphocytes to do their job effectively. They do this by allowing them to fight infections.
What are the significant side effects of Xolair?
The most common side effects of Xolair are the same as those associated with any other steroid-based medication. This means there can be an increased risk of problems like a rare form of bone marrow depression, fluid retention, and pain at the injection site. Some patients will also suffer from gastrointestinal distress or depression, liver function impairment, and nervous system problems, including low blood pressure, fainting spells, dizziness, anxiety, and insomnia.
More common side effects
- Shortness of breath or fast breathing
- Chest tightness or wheezing
- Nausea and stomach pain worsen or don’t go away with medicine for stomach upset.
- Mouth sores, fever, chills, body aches, and feeling tired. This can also happen after the injection of Xolair.
- Your doctor will talk about this with you if you are taking Xolair and getting chemotherapy simultaneously.
- These symptoms should go away 1-2 days after you finish your chemotherapy.
- If they don’t get better by then, talk to your doctor.
- Changes in the number of white blood cells in your blood.
What are the precautions when taking Xolair?
Xolair must be used along with an entire course of chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer. If you start Xolair and do not finish your chemotherapy simultaneously, you will not be protected from getting an infection or becoming sick from chemo/radiation treatment. You could get ill or die from this type of chemo/radiation treatment if you don’t have enough protection. If you have trouble keeping food down while using Xolair, ask your doctor to give you a pill that contains medicine to help with stomach upset called acebutolol.
While on Xolair, avoid contact with people who have any infection. This could be infections like the common cold or something more serious, like tuberculosis (TB). Call your doctor right away if you get a cold or other condition while on Xolair.
What does Xolair cost?
Depending on the dose and length of treatment required for your situation, clients can expect to pay $20,000 – $30,000 per year for their Xolair treatments. In addition, there can be costs associated with travel and accommodation expenses if required during the initial consultation procedure. Rates may vary depending on the practice location and geographic region you are located in.
Xolair and Related Drugs
Several other medications used in conjunction with Xolair may also be of interest. The pastor is currently on prescription. We will work with you to create the most effective treatment plan for your specific health needs. If you are laboratory tested, Xolair can be used in conjunction with this test and will help to determine your immune health status.
Is Xolair safe long term?
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has demonstrated. People who use Xolair for a minimum of 26 weeks have a lower risk of developing lung cancer than those who do not use Xolair. The study looked at data from nearly 500,000 people who had received. Either Xolair or other beta-blockers for long-term asthma treatment.
Studies have shown that Xolair is not likely to cause lung cancer after several years of use. However, it is essential to keep in mind that this research is based on a small number of people who have been using the medication over a long period. The longer you use this medication, the lower your risk of developing lung cancer. And help protect your lungs even if you stop using Xolair.