When it came time for me to use my first dose of FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection) (a medicine used to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults 18 years of age and older), I felt prepared. On top of receiving information from my doctor and talking to others who use FIRAZYR, I had also been trained by a healthcare professional, which my doctor’s office had set up. The nurse brought a dummy kit over with practice syringes, and she spent some time with me going over the injection process step-by-step. As the time to inject grew nearer, I reminded myself, I can do this. And then I looked at the needle. I knew that the most common side effects of FIRAZYR were reactions at the injection site. Can I really put this needle in myself? Will it hurt? What if I do it wrong?
The abdominal HAE attack was coming on quickly, and I had to do something. My family was there in the living room with me and offered their support where they could. With all the courage I could muster, I cleaned the site, pinched my skin, and readied the needle, trying to bring myself to insert it. With the pain from the attack intensifying, I finally decided I had to just do it. So with my family around me, I put the needle in. It did hurt a bit, but not as much as I had anticipated, especially in comparison to the pain I was experiencing from my abdominal attack. And then, I started to inject the medicine. My doctor and others using FIRAZYR had told me to push the medication slowly over at least 30 seconds. So I pushed little by little until the medicine was gone. Great, but when will I feel relief? Within a few hours, my attack was resolving, which I was pleased with. Keep in mind: This is just my experience, and everyone is different.
In the pivotal trial (Trial 1), the median time to 50% reduction in symptoms for patients with skin or stomach attacks treated with FIRAZYR was 2.0 hours compared to 19.8 hours for those who were given placebo. Across 3 controlled clinical trials, FIRAZYR had a median time to 50% reduction from baseline symptoms ranging from 2.0 to 2.3 hours.
Since my first time injecting, I’ve become more and more comfortable with giving myself FIRAZYR injections.
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If you have HAE, you may want to talk with your doctor about treatment options. If you want to talk about FIRAZYR with your doctor, click here to sign up for more information, including a page that you can download and take with you to your next doctor’s appointment. If you and your doctor decide that FIRAZYR might be the right treatment option for you, he or she can request a single dose of FIRAZYR as a sample for you to try.