Medical Terms and

Take a minute to learn about terms associated with persistent,
moderate-to-severe asthma and DUPIXENT.

  1. A

    • Add-on maintenance
      A medicine added to help a primary treatment succeed.
    • Asthma
      An inflammatory disease of the lungs characterized by (in most cases) reversible airway obstruction.
  2. B

    • Biologic
      Biologics are a class of medication. They are different from corticosteroids. Some biologics may target only specific reactions within the body and are available as injections.
  3. D

    • DUPIXENT MyWay®
      A program to provide support to patients starting DUPIXENT. Get ongoing, personalized nursing support; help scheduling monthly prescription refills and deliveries; and in-home, in-office, or online supplemental injection training.
  4. I

    • Immune system
      The defense system that protects your body against harmful substances and invaders, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system is made up of many different cell types and organs.
    • Inflammation
      Your body’s response to damage caused by bacteria, harmful substances, high temperature, or other factors.
    • Inhaler
      An apparatus for administering medicines by inhalation.
  5. O

    • Oral corticosteroids
      Corticosteroids are man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. They are often referred to by the shortened term, “steroids” and taken by mouth. Steroids reduce the production of chemicals that cause inflammation.
  6. S

    • Specialty pharmacy
      A specialty pharmacy is a state-licensed pharmacy that solely or largely provides only medications for people with serious health conditions requiring complex therapies.
    • Subcutaneous injection
      An injection given underneath the skin.
  7. U

    • Uncontrolled asthma
      A classification of asthma in which, among other factors, patients experience asthma symptoms more than twice a week, have asthma symptoms that wake them up at night, use a rescue inhaler more than twice a week, and have asthma symptoms that restrict daily activities.