It’s that time of year: everyone around you is sneezing and blowing their nose thanks to the fresh grass and beautiful flowers that are beginning to bloom. Spring is a beautiful time, but it can turn ugly for those who are prone to seasonal allergies. Good news for this year though—there are several recently approved medications that can help stop your allergy symptoms before they even have a chance to occur!
What strengths do Ragwitek and Grastek come in?
Ragwitek is available in 12 Amb a 1-Unit (Amb a 1-U) immediate-release sublingual tablets. Grastek is available in 2800 Bioequivalent Allergy Unit (BAU) immediate-release sublingual tablets.
YES. The first dose of BOTH medications MUST be administered at your doctor’s office to make sure you do not experience an adverse reaction.
After taking your first dose, you must remain at the doctor’s office for an additional 30 minutes. For future doses, you may fill your prescription and take it at home.
Both are taken once-daily and placed under the tongue (also known as sublingually) for 1 minute to fully dissolve.
They should NOT to be taken with food or drink while you have the tablet in your mouth, or for 5 minutes after it has dissolved.
Wash your hands after taking the tablet.
When receiving either of these medications make sure that your doctor also gives you a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector such as EpiPen, EpiPen Jr, or Auvi-Q. The epinephrine autoinjector is to be used if you have allergic reaction ingesting the Ragwitek or Grastek.
The most common side effects of Ragwitek and Grastek include: itchy ears, itchy tongue or other oral itching, tongue or mouth swelling, throat irritation. For Ragwitek only, you may experience oral tingling, tickling, or prickling.
Finally, some additional information about Grastek:
Grastek can also be taken daily for a total of 3 years to build up a cumulative effect for a fourth year in which you would not need to take Grastek.
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