Also known as dupixant, dupilumab is given as a shot. It is used to treat eczema and atopic dermatitis. It is an antibody that blocks two cytokines called IL-4 and IL-13 that cause eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Side effects of dupilumab

  • Skin reaction at the injection site
  • Eye irritation and inflammation, such as blepharitis (swollen eye lid), conjunctivitis (pink eye), dry eyes, itching eyes, and keratitis (eye swelling)

Rare but serious side effects of dupilumab

  • Activation of the herpes or cold sore virus
  • Allergic reactions

Tell your doctor if you have redness, pain, or itching in your eyes, or if you get sores or blisters.

Asthma and dupilumab

Do not change or stop any asthma treatment without talking to your doctor.

Vaccines and dupilumab

Get a flu shot each year, unless you have been told not to by your doctor. Talk with your doctor before getting live vaccines.

Some live vaccines

  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Nasal flu mist
  • Varicella
  • Zostavax (shingles)
  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid
  • Live poliovirus
Last reviewed: 
August 2018

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