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Firazyr Uses

Healthcare providers may prescribe Firazyr to treat sudden episodes of swelling that occur in people who have a rare genetic disorder called hereditary angioedema (HAE). Firazyr is used to reduce swelling that occurs when fluid leaks from the veins during an HAE attack. This medicine is only approved for use in adults, and is not used to prevent an attack from occurring.

What Is Firazyr Used For?

Firazyr® (icatibant) is a prescription injectable medication approved to treat sudden attacks of swelling associated with hereditary angioedema (HAE). It belongs to a class of medicines known as bradykinin inhibitors.
 
Hereditary angioedema is a rare genetic condition that is usually passed down through families. People with this condition have recurrent episodes of angioedema, or sudden swelling under the skin. The swelling can occur in any area of the body, but commonly affects the hands, feet, face, intestinal tract, and larynx (throat).
 
Episodes of swelling normally begin in childhood, with symptoms worsening around the time of puberty. The frequency of attacks can vary from person to person. While some people experience attacks weekly, others may only have them once a year, or even less frequently.
 
Attacks usually resolve on their own after two to five days, but can be associated with significant symptoms during that time. Swelling of the hands and feet can impair a person’s ability to go about their daily activities. Episodes affecting the intestinal tract can cause significant pain, diarrhea, nausea, and diarrhea. Throat swelling is particularly dangerous, as it can block the airway and become life-threatening.
 
Firazyr can be used at the first sign of symptoms to treat the HAE episode and prevent it from progressing. Firazyr is not a cure for HAE, and is not approved to prevent attacks from occurring.
 

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