Sublingual Allergy Medication

While allergy shots used to be the only form of allergy immunotherapy, there are a growing number of options for treating the underlying allergic disease. One of the newer options is sublingual allergy medications which involve tablets that can be dissolved under the tongue.

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The advantage of the new allergy tablets is that they have a higher safety profile than allergy shots, so they can be taken at home rather than under physician supervision. And, of course, there are no painful needles involved.

A drawback of the allergy tablets is that they only protect against a limited number of allergens. Currently, there are three main allergy tablets available which include Oralair® and Grastek® (for timothy and northern grass pollens) and also Ragwitek® (for ragweed).

If you are only allergic to these items, the tablets can be an easy, effective form of sublingual allergy medication. If you feel like you need more thorough allergy coverage, another option is under-the-tongue allergy drops. They work like the tablets only they come in liquid form. Sublingual allergy doctors can prescribe under-the-tongue drops containing mixes of large numbers of allergens to protect you against not only grass and tree pollens but also against mold, pet dander, dust mites, etc.

If you are contemplating sublingual allergy medication, talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for your needs. Contact AllergyEasy if you need help finding a sublingual immunotherapy clinic.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.