Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Eosinophilic asthma
Adult: In patient with severe refractory case: 100 mg once every 4 weeks.
Child: 6-11 years 40 mg once every 4 weeks; ≥12 years Same as adult dose.

Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis
Adult: 300 mg once every 4 weeks.
Add 1.2 mL of sterile water for injection to a vial labelled as containing 100 mg to provide a final concentration of 100 mg/mL. Gently swirl to dissolve. Do not shake. If a mechanical reconstitution device (e.g. swirler) is utilised, swirl at 450 rpm not longer than 10 minutes or 1,000 rpm not longer than 5 minutes.
Special Precautions
Patient with parasitic/helminth infestation. Not indicated for the treatment of acute asthma, acute bronchospasm, status asthmaticus, and other eosinophilic conditions. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. angioedema, bronchospasm, hypotension, urticaria, rash), herpes zoster infection.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Upper abdominal pain.
General disorders and admin site conditions: Injection site reactions, fatigue, pyrexia.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Back pain, muscle spasm.
Nervous system disorders: Headache.
Renal and urinary disorders: UTI.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Lower respiratory tract infection, influenza, nasal congestion, pharyngitis.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Eczema, pruritus.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor pulmonary function tests (e.g. FEV1, peak flow). Monitor marker for deteriorating asthma.
Description: Mepolizumab is a humanised immunoglobulin G1 kappa (IgG1k) monoclonal antibody that selectively inhibits cytokine interleukin-5 (IL-5) resulting to reduced growth, differentiation, recruitment, activation, production and survival of eosinophils, thereby decreasing eosinophil-mediated inflammation.
Absorption: Bioavailability: Approx 80%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 4-8 days.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 3.6 L.
Metabolism: Metabolised by proteolytic enzymes, widely distributed in the body and not restricted to hepatic tissues.
Excretion: Nonrenal. Terminal half-life: 16-22 days.
Powder for Inj: Store between 2-8°C. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Reconstituted solution: Store below 30°C.
MIMS Class
Antiasthmatic & COPD Preparations
ATC Classification
R03DX09 - mepolizumab ; Belongs to the class of other systemic drugs used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
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