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Biological Treatment for Asthma

In Australia 3-5% of the population with severe Asthma may benefit from a class of drug known as “biological” treatments.

Biological treatment is add-an on treatment option for reducing severe flare-ups and improving symptom control in patients with severe allergic or eosinophilic asthma whose asthma is uncontrolled despite treatment with high-dose inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta2 agonists

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Clinical benefits of biological treatments

  • Reduced Flare Ups

  • Reduced Maintenance Dose Oral Corticosteroids

  • Improved Symptoms

  • Improved Lung Function

Key Points while prescribed biological treatments

  • Your first few injections will be administered by your specialist, ongoing maintenance doses will either be administered by your GP or you may be taught how to self administer.

  • You must keep taking your inhales corticosteroids or “preventers”

  • You will need to have been managed by a Respiratory Specialist for 6 months before biologics can be funded on the PBS

  • You will need a written asthma action plan

  • Treatment is usually well tolerated with injection site reactions being the most common adverse effects

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