NUCALA (mepolizumab)

My first dose of 100mg of Nucala was given to of Friday 24th September.

What is Nucala?
It is an add on treatment, this means you should continue to your regular asthma treatment.

The dose is injected into the fatty part of your arm, 100mg is administered within a short amount of time.

A dose is given every 4 weeks

Why has Nucala been added to my treatment?
First you have to appreciate that asthma is a very wide umbrella an extremely broad respiratory condition.
5/10% have severe asthma and even less have REFACTORY EOSINOPHILIC ASTHMA

Refactory means the asthma is difficult to control and is not responding to the medication treatment. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cells which are apart of the immune system, scientists have found that eosinophils move from the blood into the lungs and increase the risk of a severe asthma attack.

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Interleukin – 5 (IL-5) helps develop eosinophils, Nucala blocks the IL-5 binding to eosinophils in the blood thus reducing the chance of a severe attack .

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I hope this has explained why I was given this treatment, as I currently still very much feeling the side effects of the treatment I will cover the experience in detail next week.

As always thank you, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Take a breathe,

Raj

 

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