Advanced Treatment for Uncontrollable Asthma
Biologic Based Asthma Therapy in Melbourne, FL
Biologics can provide relief when your asthma doesn’t respond to standard therapies. Learn more about biologic therapy for asthma from board-certified Allergist Dr. Pavana Beerelli in Melbourne, FL.
Dr. Beerelli is knowledgeable, kind and truly invested in her patients’ health. The team is service oriented and go out of their way to help in all situations. Professional, Knowledgeable and Kind! TOP NOTCH! Would not go anywhere else!
– Victoria G, October 2020
Biologic Based Asthma Therapy Overview
Biologic therapies are unique in that they target a specific antibody, inflammatory molecule, or cell receptor, so an asthma patient may respond more favorably to one type of biologic over another. Where patients with moderate-to-severe asthma would otherwise experience frequent symptoms, biologics have been shown to decrease the frequency of asthma exacerbations, requiring less emergency room visits, less hospitalizations, and fewer interventions with oral steroids. Additional benefits include reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, reduced dosage of other controller medication, and less missed school and work days. Patients on biologics have told us that they are more confident in going out and meeting people, are more mobile, and much less stressed about flare ups.
Getting Started with Biologics
Biologics are made from the cells of a living organism that is then modified to target specific molecules in humans. Unlike other medications for asthma, most biologics are administered in Dr. Beerelli’s office either as a subcutaneous injection or as an intravenous infusion. Injection visits are usually required every two to eight weeks depending on your regimen. With some biologics, Dr. Beerelli may want to observe you in the office for 30 minutes up to two hours after administration to minimize any unforeseen side effects. Dupilumab is the one biologic that can be self-administered at home.
If your asthma does not improve after receiving 4 to 12 months of a biologic treatment, or you have been unable to reduce your daily steroid use, Dr. Beerelli will reassess your asthma and you may be offered another biologic treatment. If you have a successful trial, Dr. Beerelli will develop a personalized plan for you to continue long-term treatment.
Approved Biologics for Asthma
Xolair (Omalizumab) – Indicated for severe allergic asthma. Omalizumab works by reducing the amount of IgE in the body. IgE is produced when a person has an allergic reaction, too much of which can cause inflammation in the lungs. Omalizumab is given as an injection every 2 to 4 weeks.
Nucala (Mepolizumab) – Indicated for eosinophilic asthma. Mepolizumab works by reducing the number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) in the body, lowering the inflammation that can cause asthma symptoms and attacks. Mepolizumab is usually injected every 4 weeks.
Cinqaero (Reslizumab) – Also Indicated for eosinophilic asthma. Reslizumab works by reducing the number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) in the body, lowering the inflammation that can cause asthma symptoms and attacks. Reslizumab is usually injected every 4 weeks.
Fasenra (Benralizumab) – Also Indicated for eosinophilic asthma. Benralizumab works by reducing the number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) in the body, lowering the inflammation that can cause asthma symptoms and attacks. Benralizumab is injected every 4 weeks for the first 3 doses and then every 8 weeks afterwards.
Side Effects of Biologics
Biologic Therapy in Melbourne, FL
Biologics can provide relief when your asthma doesn’t respond to standard therapies. Dr. Beerelli is passionate about treating each of her patients with empathy, attentiveness and respect.
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Please note: Allergy serum is prepared especially for you. If it is not used it must be discarded and you will be responsible for the cost of its preparation.
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