Omalizumab for Asthma
Omalizumab (Xolair®), an injected medication used to prevent asthma attacks, is approved for use in people whose asthma is not adequately controlled by inhaled corticosteroids. Specifically, it is used to prevent allergic asthma, a type of asthma associated with an allergen, such as pollen or dust mites.
This medication belongs to a group of drugs called monoclonal antibodies, which work by binding to IgE antibodies -- they play an important role in allergic reactions. Omalizumab is not a cure for asthma; however, it can help reduce symptoms and prevent severe asthma attacks.
(Click What Is Omalizumab Used For? to learn more about this asthma medicine's uses, including off-label uses.)