Omalizumab for the treatment of chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria.

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Summary of "Omalizumab for the treatment of chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria."

Many patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (also called chronic spontaneous urticaria) do not have a response to therapy with H-antihistamines, even at high doses. In phase 2 trials, omalizumab, an IgE monoclonal antibody that targets IgE and affects mast-cell and basophil function, has shown efficacy in such patients.


Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, Berlin.

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Name: The New England journal of medicine
ISSN: 1533-4406
Pages: 924-35


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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

A long-acting, non-sedative antihistaminic used in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis, asthma, allergic conjunctivitis, and chronic idiopathic urticaria. The drug is well tolerated and has no anticholinergic side effects.

A potent second-generation histamine H1 antagonist that is effective in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, chronic urticaria, and pollen-induced asthma. Unlike many traditional antihistamines, it does not cause drowsiness or anticholinergic side effects.

A histamine H1 receptor antagonist that is effective in the treatment of chronic urticaria, dermatitis, and histamine-mediated pruritus. Unlike its major metabolite CETIRIZINE, it does cause drowsiness. It is also effective as an antiemetic, for relief of anxiety and tension, and as a sedative.

A spontaneous diminution or abatement of a disease over time, without formal treatment.

Histamine H1 antagonist used in treatment of allergies, rhinitis, and urticaria.


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