HAE Treatment Types

"Sticking my head in the sand gets me nowhere. We need to work with our healthcare teams and give them all the information they need to know how to help us."

Alex — Diagnosed with HAE in 2014

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Hereditary angioedema (HAE) symptoms can vary from person to person. In some cases, people experience two or three swelling attacks per year, where others have more than one attack every week. That’s why it’s so important for you to work closely with your doctor to create a treatment plan that's right for you.

When talking with your doctor, it might be helpful to ask about different treatment options for HAE, including preventive and on-demand therapy.

HAE treatment types—Preventive Treatment and On-Demand Treatment

Preventive treatment

Also known as prophylactic therapy, preventive HAE treatment involves taking medicine routinely to help prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of HAE attacks. If you're curious about discussing preventive treatment with your doctor, be prepared to answer questions like these:

  • How frequent are your HAE attacks?
  • How severe would you say your attacks are?
  • Do you have any other health conditions? If so, what are they?
  • What things have you tried for coping with or treating your HAE?
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On-demand treatment

Also known as acute treatment, on-demand HAE treatment is medicine used to treat the symptoms of an HAE attack.

Because everyone with HAE is at risk for an attack affecting the airway, which is potentially life threatening, it's important that you talk with your doctor about on-demand treatment. The established treatment guidelines recommend that everyone with HAE should have access to on-demand therapy.

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