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Get the Answers to Your Questions About New Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets

The FDA has approved new immunotherapy treatments for patients with seasonal allergies. If you suffer from grass or ragweed allergies, consider talking to your allergy doctor about whether these new treatments might be right for you. They are available in the form of sublingual immunotherapy allergy tablets, which are different from the allergy shots that were already available.

Is sublingual immunotherapy right for me?

Only your allergy doctor can determine if sublingual immunotherapy is appropriate for you. In general, this allergy treatment is prescribed for patients with grass or ragweed allergies that have been confirmed with allergy testing. Sublingual immunotherapy may be right for you if you have allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy or water eyes, and a runny or itchy nose. Make sure your doctor knows about all of your other medical conditions and medications.

Which allergies can sublingual immunotherapy treat?

There are three sublingual immunotherapy treatments for grass and ragweed that have been approved within the last few years. One of them is only intended to treat adult patients with ragweed allergies. Timothy grass and related grass pollen allergies are treatable with a second type of tablet. The third treatment offers protection from five grasses: Timothy, perennial rye, Kentucky blue grass, orchard, and sweet vernal.

How long do patients take the tablets?

Generally, allergy doctors recommend beginning immunotherapy treatment about two to four months before the start of allergy season. Patients will continue to take the tablets throughout the allergy season, and then discontinue treatment until the following year. Patients who continue to take the tablets for at least three, but preferably four or five years, will be protected for an undetermined length of time thereafter.

How is this treatment administered?

Patients place the tablet under the tongue, wait one to two minutes, and then swallow it. The first dose is usually administered in the allergist’s office because of the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„ , we’re excited to connect our valued patients to the latest medical treatments, including the new sublingual immunotherapy tablets for grass and ragweed allergies. To find out if immunotherapy is right for you, you can call us at 1 (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2 or schedule online. You can request an appointment with a board-certified allergy specialist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.