Cinqair

(reslizumab)

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Treats severe asthma.

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Cinqair (reslizumab) works well to prevent severe asthma attacks and improves your breathing when other asthma medicines haven't worked for you, but it may be expensive.

Quick facts about Cinqair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • You'll need to go in for your Cinqair (reslizumab) infusion only once every 4 weeks.
  • Cinqair (reslizumab) can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and significantly raise lung capacity making it easier to breathe.
  • Unlike other similar medicines, Cinqair (reslizumab) doesn't increase your risk of urinary tract infections or cause headaches.
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Downsides

  • You'll need to be okay getting an infusion that takes up to 50 minutes to get the full dose.
  • Cinqair (reslizumab) can make you more vulnerable to getting certain types of infections.
  • Unlike other alternatives for asthma, this drug can sometimes cause a severe life-threatening allergic reaction.
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How it works

Cinqair (reslizumab) slows down the effects of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that can contribute to your asthma.

Quick facts about Cinqair
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Cinqair (reslizumab) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Throat pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the limbs
  • Chest pain
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Side effect rates for Cinqair (reslizumab)

Risks and Warnings for Cinqair (reslizumab)

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  • Cinqair (reslizumab) rarely causes a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. This can happen during your infusion or within 20 minutes of you receiving the drug. Your healthcare provider will monitor you for this allergic reaction. Let them know right away if you experience breathing problems, flushing, itching, paleness, rashes, swelling, nausea, dizziness, fainting, or a fast heart beat.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect