FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between the Prescription and Supplement strength drops?
Prescription strength drops:
– Are a prescription therapy that require a prescription from Glen Porter, MD at MyAllergyDrops.com.
– Provide long term allergy desensitization with completion of therapy.
– Are to be used daily for three to five years for best results.
– Are personalized based on allergy test results.
Supplement strength drops:
– Are a dietary supplement and do not require a prescription. (Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.)
– Only offer symptomatic relief of allergies while using the drops. They have not been studied as to whether or not they provide long term allergy desensitization.
– Are to be used during your allergy seasons. For best results it is recommended that you start using them 2 – 3 weeks prior to the beginning of your allergy seasons.
– Are generalized based on symptoms experienced during allergy seasons or indoor allergies.
Are allergy drops effective for children?
Yes! In fact, children are the perfect candidates for drops. This is an allergy treatment that is essentially painless. As long as your child can hold the drops under their tongue for two minutes they can benefit from Allergy Drops. In some studies children younger than three showed benefit, though we usually recommend 3 years of age (with adjustments for maturity) as the earliest age for drops.
What are the advantages of Allergy Drops when compared to allergy shots?
NO INJECTIONS. NO NEEDLES. NO PAIN.
Unparalleled safety profile (20 years of experience in Europe with millions of doses given and no life-threatening reactions reported).
Time saved: No need to spend time traveling to and from the doctor’s office as well as the 30 minutes of mandatory observation in the office.
People who live far away from an allergist or who have busy schedules that make a weekly injection impossible are now able to have their allergies treated.
How do the Allergy Drops taste?
Most patients report that Allergy Drops taste slightly sweet. This is because the drops contain glycerine (which can be ingested without risk).
Do I have to refrigerate my Allergy Drops?
No. However, we do not recommend you store your drops in places where they might freeze or be exposed to high temperatures.
Can I use my FSA/HSA funds to purchase Allergy Drops?
Yes. This is a therapy prescribed by a medical doctor and meets the criteria used by most Flexible Spending Account/Health Savings Account companies to determine coverage.
How soon can I expect to see improvement in symptoms?
Our patients report symptom improvement typically within three months. The benefit typically increases with prolonged use.
Does every patient see improvement with Prescription Strength Allergy Drops?
No. Though it is rare, there are patients who do not respond to immunotherapy (whether given as shots or drops). Our allergy specialists keep in close contact with you during the years of your therapy to ensure you are seeing the benefit we expect. If no improvement in noted after one year on therapy we may recommend discontinuing therapy.
Are Prescription Strength Allergy Drops as effective as allergy shots?
Multiple studies show that Prescription Strength Allergy Drops are effective to treat allergy and asthma symptoms. There are few studies that compare the two modalities (drops and shots) head-to-head. Studies have shown drops to be more effective, equally effective, and less effective than shots. There just is not sufficient literature to definitively answer this question. Most professional societies, evidence-based medicine think-tanks, and even the World Health Organization have declared Allergy Drops to be an effective method of treating allergy.
Are food allergies treated with drops?
Not yet. There are many researchers working on this idea. However, there is still not enough evidence that this is effective. We will offer this as soon as scientific evidence supports its use.
Who is a good candidate for Prescription Strength Allergy Drops?
Anyone who suffers from allergies.
In the past, immunotherapy was reserved for patients with severe allergies who were not controlled with allergy medications. Those who took certain medications or had severe asthma were excluded because of safety concerns. Many patients simply did not have the time to pursue a long-term solution to their allergies.
Prescription Strength Allergy Drops offer the perfect solution for all these challenges. Because allergy drops are easy to administer, convenient, and incredibly safe nearly every patient is a candidate for treatment. Even patients whose busy lives, professional duties, or distance from medical professionals previously made allergy shots an impossible option can take advantage of the benefits of immunotherapy. Almost anyone can pursue an ALLERGY-FREE life through the use of Prescription Strength Allergy Drops.
Do Allergy Drops cause severe allergy responses like allergy shots?
No. This is one of the best things about Allergy Drops. There have been only a very few significant allergy responses reported. There has never been a life-threatening or fatal response to allergy drops. This is why we can allow patients to undergo the therapy in their own homes. Few over-the-counter medications can boast of this sort of safety profile.Reported reactions to sublingual immunotherapy include itching of the tongue or lips (most common reaction), gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and cramping, skin rashes including hives, and headaches. Systemic reactions have been reported and may include symptoms such as throat tightness, wheezing, and a drop in blood pressure. Although these reactions are rare, we require that you always have an oral antihistamine (like Benadryl or Zyrtec) available for mild reactions as well as an epinephrine auto-injector available for systemic reactions.
What if I miss a few days of using the Prescription Strength Allergy Drops?
Prescription Strength Allergy Drops only work when they are used consistently. However, missing a few days is not usually a problem. If you miss a week or longer we recommend contacting us for instructions on restarting your drops.
How long will I need to take my Prescription Strength Allergy Drops?
Most patients take drops for three years. This period may vary depending on the severity of allergy symptoms, seasonality, and how compliant they are with treatment.
How long can I expect the effects of Prescription Strength Allergy Drops to last?
It is anticipated that the tolerance developed by the use of Prescription Strength Allergy Drops will last from 8-15 years. There are some patients that report permanent resolution of symptoms. Long-term benefit can only be expected if the therapy is used as directed–daily, over a period of three to five years.
How are Prescription Strength MyAllergyDrops different from the allergy drops offered at my local health food store?
Over-the-counter allergy drops are typically a very dilute mixture of a wide variety of antigens. They are not tailored to a person’s specific allergies. MyAllergyDrops are formulated based on your specific allergy responses. MyAllergyDrops are also created with highly concentrated antigens. This allows us to provide a patient-specific treatment that is delivered at a much higher concentration–both of which have been shown to be necessary for a long-term benefit in scientific studies.
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How do Prescription Strength MyAllergyDrops compare with homeopathic allergy drops?
In general homeopathic drops are created from fairly dilute mixtures of non-specific allergens. They are NOT created based on your allergy testing. Therefore, they aren’t made for your specific allergy needs. Low-concentration therapy has never been associated with optimal outcomes. In other words, they don’t work as well when it comes to addressing allergy symptoms. Because Prescription strength MyAllergyDrops are prescribed for you by a Medical Doctor you can expect higher antigen concentrations and this leads to better outcomes.