NUCALA is a prescription medicine taken along with your existing asthma medication to help treat severe eosinophilic asthma in patients 12 years and over. NUCALA is not used to treat sudden breathing problems.
Adding injections of NUCALA once every 4 weeks to current asthma medications can:
If your asthma is still uncontrolled even with your current high-dose daily medicines, you may not be treating one of the underlying causes of your kind of asthma: eosinophils. NUCALA is designed to target eosinophils. If your doctor decides that eosinophils are making your severe asthma worse, adding NUCALA to your current medications significantly reduces asthma attacks and your use of oral corticosteroids.
Your results may vary.
No. NUCALA was designed to work with your current asthma medications to reduce your asthma attacks. Don't make any changes in your medications without first speaking with your asthma specialist.
NUCALA can cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of NUCALA include: headache, injection site reactions (pain, redness, swelling, itching, or a burning feeling at the injection site), back pain, and weakness (fatigue).
Before receiving NUCALA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Your asthma may be considered severe if you take daily high-dose asthma medications (including high dose inhaled corticosteroids) and have a history of severe asthma attacks (also called exacerbations) that required oral steroids like prednisone. Those attacks may have been so severe that you needed to go to an emergency department or be hospitalised. Repeated asthma attacks also put you at greater risk of having future asthma attacks. That's why it's important for you to understand your asthma and work with your specialist to develop an asthma management plan. Learn more
Eosinophils [ee-uh-sin-uh-fils] are white blood cells that are a normal part of your immune system. When there are too many of them in your blood, they can worsen inflammation in your lungs. That can put you at greater risk for severe asthma attacks, also known as exacerbations.