How did you make the decision to use FIRAZYR?
NARRATOR: How did you make the decision to use FIRAZYR® (icatibant injection) for acute HAE attacks?
MARIE: I made the decision to begin FIRAZYR after my doctor explained both the potential benefits and risks — things like injection site reactions, redness, and bruising and swelling. What appealed to me was that I could have a treatment option at my side after being trained by my healthcare professional. I could treat any of my attacks at the first sign of symptoms. Together, my doctor and I made the decision to try it.
NARRATOR: Indication: FIRAZYR, (icatibant injection) is a medicine used to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults 18 years of age and older.
Important Safety Information: Laryngeal attacks can become life threatening. If you have an HAE attack of the throat (laryngeal attack), inject FIRAZYR and then go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
The most common side effects of FIRAZYR include:
- redness, bruising, swelling, warmth, burning, itching, irritation, hives, numbness, pressure, or pain at the injection site
- too much of an enzyme called transaminase in your blood
The safety profile of FIRAZYR in patients who gave themselves the injection was similar to that in patients who had the injection given by a healthcare professional.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. FIRAZYR has not been evaluated in pregnant or nursing women. You and your healthcare provider will decide if FIRAZYR is right for you.
If your symptoms continue or come back, you may repeat your FIRAZYR injection at least 6 hours apart. Do not use more than 3 doses of FIRAZYR in a 24-hour period.
Tiredness, drowsiness, and dizziness have been reported following the use of FIRAZYR. If this occurs, do not drive a car, use machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. For more information about FIRAZYR, ask your healthcare provider. For further information, please see the full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information. You can also call Shire at 1-866-888-0660.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.