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Xolair is a humanized therapeutic antibody that helps reduce allergic responses in the body. Xolair is an injectable medicine for patients ages 12 and older and is generally used to treat moderate to severe asthma caused by allergies. It is usually given after other asthma medications have been failed to treat the symptoms successfully. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2003.

Xolair side effects

Some people using Xolair have had a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. This happens right after the injection or many hours later. Allergic reaction may arise even after using the drug on a regular basis for a year or longer. Following are some of the allergic reactions caused by the medication:

  • wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing;
  • hives or skin rash;
  • swelling of face, tongue, lips or throat;
  • feeling anxious or light-headed, fainting;
  • warmth or tingling under the skin; or
  • easy bruising or bleeding;
  • strange weakness;

Less serious side effects include:

  • pain;
  • fatigue;
  • joint or muscle pain;
  • faintness;
  • ear pain;
  • hair loss;
  • mild itching;
  • sore throat;
  • cold symptoms

Xolair and Anaphylaxis

The United States Food and Drug Administration has ordered Xolair's maker, Genentech, to put the strongest warning possible about the drug's risk of anaphylaxis. FDA’s website states that anaphylaxis has happened in some patients after they received Xolair. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction and can lead to death so get emergency medical treatment right away if symptoms occur. Signs and Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, or trouble breathing
  • low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, rapid or weak heartbeat, anxiety, or feeling of “impending doom”
  • flushing, itching, hives, or feeling warm
  • swelling of the throat or tongue, throat tightness, hoarse voice, or trouble swallowing

Anaphylaxis from Xolair can happen right after receiving a Xolair injection or hours later or after any Xolair injection. Anaphylaxis has occurred after the first Xolair injection or after many Xolair injections.

Free Initial Consultation - If you or a loved one has experienced anaphylaxis after receiving Xolair, you may be entitled to compensation. Please fill out the form at the right or contact us today at 1-800-780-2686 for a fee case evaluation by a qualified defective drugs attorney.

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