I am writing to get some information concerning either Nucala or Xolair. Both are new biologics for treatment of asthma and are injected every 28 days. I am usually a lurker (in the US) but read many posts here, usually daily. My only post before this had been concerning Azithromycin.
A little backstory:
My husband has poorly controlled asthma, stage3/4 COPD, and some emphysema. He's 63, quit smoking about 23 years ago after about that many years as a smoker. This past winter, he had several severe exacerbations. He is healthy otherwise and his pulmonologist tells us he's the healthiest patient that he has. He is not on 02, still works regularly and is staying as active as his shortness of breath allows. His pulmonologist is a 2 hour drive each way for us, but he has been a Godsend. Five years ago Jim was just about ready to climb into bed and quit but this doctor (at a large teaching hospital) changed all his meds and together they have made great strides.
Now the doctor feels one Xolair will be a good fit for him. The cost is outrageous, but he has arranged for Jim to get it free of charge for the next year! Now, what concerns us is that these drugs are new, have MANY side effects and we know no one that has any experience with their use.
If anyone has any experience they would be willing to share, Jim and I would be greatly appreciative. It was just approved here November 2015. Thank you in advance for any input.
Best to all of you!