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Is it safe to use Xolair for urticaria?

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Answered by

Dr. Chaitra. P

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At September 3, 2016
Reviewed AtJuly 5, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been suffering from preliminary chronic urticaria for unknown causes for the last 13 years. It is not responding to antihistamine treatment for the past six years. Sometimes, it gets as severe as I have to use Corticosterone injection (Diprofos). All blood analysis showed no cause. Dermatologist started to recommend immunity treatment such as Arpimune, which is better but very slow. Finally an immunity and allergy doctor recommended Xolair (Omalizumab) for six months. Shall I use it?

Answered by Dr. Chaitra. P

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Chronic idiopathic urticaria is a type of urticaria (wheals). It is a disturbing illness and difficult to manage. Most urticaria patients benefit from prolonged antihistamines and some may require immune suppressing drugs like Cyclosporine to control urticaria, which were also given to you. When the relief is not satisfactory from all these options, the physicians opt for a biological medicine called Omalizumab. This medicine prevents the release of urticaria-causing molecules in your body. It is considered safe and has proven efficacy in appropriate subjects. It will be given under a physician's supervision and side effects will be monitored. It has helped many patients to attain a longer symptom-free period. You can go ahead comfortably with the treatment.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Chaitra. P
Dr. Chaitra. P

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