Tablet under the tongue fights ragweed and more

Coping with fall allergies
Published: Oct. 6, 2016 at 1:46 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2016 at 1:50 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If fall allergies are making you miserable and you've tried all sorts of options at the pharmacy, there may be a new treatment option.

Lubbock Allergist and Texas Tech Physician Dr. James Tarbox says he's surprised how many patients don't know about a prescription that is fairly new on the market and could be a convenient solution for many allergy sufferers.

It's called Sublingual Immuno-therapy, a complicated name but it's as easy as just one pill a day.

Dr. Tarbox explains, "I have a lot of patients who either don't like needles or don't want to go to the clinic every week for several months. So sublingual immuno-therapy gives you a nice option where you can take something under the tongue every day and it's all at home."

The FDA has approved 3 tablets for sublingual immune-therapy. Two are for grass allergies and 1 targets ragweed.

The only problem is you need to begin this program about 4 months before the season starts to build your immunity.

As for this fall, Dr. Tarbox says there are some good nasal sprays available over the counter.

If you find these still don't work for you, talk to an allergist about the new tablets placed under the tongue.

You may want to begin that program as early as January if there is an allergen that bothers you in the spring. Even though it's a convenient option at home, an allergist will need to give you the okay since it is a therapy by prescription.

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