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What is a biologic?

What is a biologic?

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Allergist Syed Shahzad Mustafa, MD: A biologic is a medication that helps control asthma and other allergic conditions if individuals don’t respond to typical therapies, like inhalers or for eczema, topical steroids, things like that.

Biologics are what we call monoclonal antibodies. They’re targeted against certain things that cause inflammation in the system. And they are not steroids and they’re not immunosuppressive. I think those are important points. They are injectable medications. People inject them. It can be any anywhere from every week to every two weeks to every four weeks, even every eight weeks. So these are very effective, safe, well-tolerated medications as add-on to the treatment of allergic conditions.

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