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Many people have heard of “allergy shots” or Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT), but there’s a newer option in “allergy drops” or Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a safe, convenient, and effective alternative to SCIT. SLIT and SCIT use the same FDA approved antigens and both are designed for the long-term relief of your environmental allergies – only the route of administration differs – and SLIT is the only form used for food allergies.
 
When using either allergy drops or allergy shots, the medication enters your bloodstream and gets picked up by your white blood cells that produce protective chemicals for you. Over time, these white blood cells help your body build tolerance to the allergens you were reacting to and you end up not reacting anymore. Building up sustainable tolerance takes time. You may feel better when you start taking your medication, but if you stop within a year, then the tolerance wanes off. Three to five years is the recommended length of time by The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) to build sustainable tolerance for either drops or shots.
 
The choice to use allergy drops (SLIT) or allergy shots (SCIT) is personal. While both are equally effective, you may simply prefer the oral administration of your medication on your own over an injection in the office. If you initially choose to use allergy drops, you may switch to allergy shots at any time. Yearly skin tests and follow-up visits are required to maintain either therapy; however, dosages for allergy drops may be adjusted every three months.
 
More About Allergy Drops (SLIT)
Allergy drops should be taken under the care of a physician who is trained to prescribe the medication and to treat any possible reactions. For the initial dosing of drops, it is recommended to take the first dose at the medical office and as long as this initial dosing is well tolerated, subsequent daily doses may be taken at home. You will be required to wait in the office for at least 15 minutes after using the serum. If you are 17 years of age or younger, a parent or legal guardian must be present during the waiting period.
 
While multi-allergen SLIT therapy is safe, effective, and widely used across the USA, it is not FDA approved for sublingual (oral) use. As such, the cost is not covered by insurance and pre-payment for serums is due prior to prescriptions being sent to the pharmacy to be filled. Any submissions to insurance are the responsibility of the patient. Allergy drops typically do qualify for Health Savings Account or Flex Spending reimbursement. Please check with your tax advisor if your allergy drops are qualified medical expenses under the IRS Tax Code.
 
For more information on allergy drops or allergy shots, please call our office at 701.712.4606 or 800.472.2113 ext. 4606.


 

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