I have been on Xolair for three years now. Previous to this treatment I was on 1500mg of Serevent a day and my Ventolin was with me at all times. I was in and out of hospital for 2 week stays (ICU was the norm) at least 5 times a year. I was on countless doses of steroids and antibiotics and in 1990 my heart stopped.Since I've been on Xolair my asthma has been fantastic. I go to hospital twice a month for two injections - one in each arm (had to get over my terror or injections, but they work so well it doesn't bother me anymore!), and after I'd had about 4 months’ worth I can now go out without my Ventolin, I rarely take my preventative inhaler and I've only been admitted to hospital once. This was late 2008 when everyone was hit badly by the flu.I have two cats (I was bought up with cats and cannot live without them!), they affect me when I first get them but after a couple of months I get used to them.If your asthma is bad enough I cannot recommend this drug enough.
I only got my asthma sorted this year with a newish inhaler called Seretide which completely keeps it at bay - I have used my Ventolin reliever inhaler about twice in 5 months, as opposed to every day like before - I used to be in hospital as a child with blue lips before ... now I am completely free of symptoms - it's ace. These inhalers cost the GP £40 each, where as the old ones were £7 each.
Seretide works for me
I suffer with both eczema and asthma. I have used Ventolin for years and a preventer sometimes ... never felt the real benefit. I was using Ventolin at least 5 times a day when I was prescribed Seretide. Wow my life changed. It is fantastic. I use it twice a day and have been on it for 6 months. In that time I have used Ventolin 4 times. I feel in control again. Things or places that used to bring on my asthma now don't.