Drops Under the Tongue
What are allergy drops?
Alpine Allergy Clinic is pleased to offer allergy immunotherapy that you can take at home. It’s called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) or allergy drops. Allergy drops work similar to allergy shots by slowly desensitizing you to the substances that cause your allergy reactions. The difference is that the antigen is placed under your tongue in liquid form. Not only are the drops more convenient, research also shows they are safe and effective for people of all ages.
Who should take allergy drops?
Although most allergy sufferers can benefit from allergy drops, they’re especially ideal for people who can’t tolerate or don’t respond well to allergy shots.
These people include:
- People who are not able to commit to weekly allergy shots
- Highly sensitive people (especially those with a history of anaphylaxis during skin testing or during allergy shots)
- Those with chronic conditions including sinusitis
- People who cannot tolerate injections
What are the advantages of allergy drops?
In addition to being able to treat patients of all ages safely and effectively, there are other advantages to allergy drops.
Lower overall cost, fewer clinic visits – Compared to shots, allergy drops cost less and require fewer clinic visits. Most patients receiving allergy drops need only a few clinic visits the first year, and once every 6-12 months thereafter until allergy visits are no longer needed.
More convenient – You can take allergy drops at home or wherever you need to be, making it much easier to be consistent with your treatment.
Less medication – Our patients report, and research confirms, that most patients report needing less medication to control symptoms after beginning allergy drops.
Enjoy healthier days – The end benefit? Feeling better. Patients typically report fewer clinic visits, hospitalizations, and less lost time from work and school after taking drops consistently.
Patients are expected to pay for the allergy extract at the time of their office visit. Any extract mailed to the patient will have to be paid before shipping.
We will continue to participate with your insurance company, as we currently do, for all other office visits.
Allergy Drops – The Steps
Regular dosing is a single drop under the tongue three times a day. The spacing of the drops ideally would be two to three hours apart. When you insert the drop under your tongue hold it there for thirty seconds before eating or drinking. The drops do not need to occur at the same time every day. If you miss any doses during the day you can take two doses at bed time to catch up.