(mepolizumab 100mg) is a Prescription Medicine
is indicated as an add-on treatment for severe refractory eosinophilic asthma in patients 12 years and over. Nucala
is also indicated as an add-on treatment for relapsing or refractory Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA) in adult patients 18 years and older. Nucala
is given as one subcutaneous injection every four weeks. Nucala is a fully funded medicine; Special Authority criteria apply. Use strictly as directed. Nucala has risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if:
you are taking oral or inhaled corticosteroid medicines (Do not
stop taking your other asthma medicines, including your corticosteroid medicines, unless instructed by your healthcare provider because this may cause other symptoms to come back); you have a parasitic (helminth) infection; you are taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements; you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if Nucala
may harm your unborn baby); you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Your doctor will consider the benefit to you and the risk to you or your baby of using Nucala
while you are pregnant. Nucala
does not treat acute asthma symptoms, such as sudden asthma attack. Therefore, Nucala
should not be used to treat sudden breathing problems. Tell your healthcare professional or get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue, breathing problems, fainting, dizziness, feeling light-headed (low blood pressure), rash or hives. Side effects:
headache, injection site reactions (pain, redness, swelling, itching, or a burning feeling at the injection site), back pain, and weakness (fatigue). Serious side effects may include allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Serious allergic reactions can happen after you get your injection of Nucala
. Allergic reactions can sometimes happen hours or days after you get a dose of Nucala
. Herpes zoster infections that can cause shingles have happened in people who received Nucala
. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional
. For more information see Nucala
Consumer Medicine Information at www.medsafe.govt.nz
. Normal doctor's charges apply. Ask your doctor if Nucala
is right for you. Nucala
is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. Marketed by GlaxoSmithKline NZ Limited, Auckland. Adverse events involving GlaxoSmithKline products should be reported to GSK Medical Information on 0800 808 500
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Last updated 30 April 2020.