Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine in a medical facility. It is given as a shot under your skin, usually in the upper arms or thighs.

If you are receiving this medicine for asthma or nasal polyps, you will receive omalizumab once every 2 or 4 weeks. Your dose will be determined by your IgE level, which your doctor will measure with a simple blood test before treatment begins, and your body weight. Based on your dose, your doctor will also tell you if you will need 1, 2, or 3 injections per dose. If you need more than 1 injection, each will be given in a different place on your body.

Omalizumab is not a rescue medication and should not be used to treat sudden asthma attacks. It is not a substitute for the medicines you are already taking. Never suddenly stop taking, or change the dose of your steroid medicine (inhaled or taken by mouth) unless your doctor tells you to do so.

If you are receiving this medicine for chronic idiopathic urticaria, you will receive this medicine every 4 weeks.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.