Short Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract sublingual tablets

Short Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract sublingual tablets

July 17, 2018

Short Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract sublingual tablets

What is this medicine?

SHORT RAGWEED POLLEN ALLERGEN EXTRACT (short RAG weed POL en AL er jen EK strakt) is an allergy medicine. It is used to treat sneezing, runny or itchy nose, nasal congestion, and watery eyes caused by ragweed allergies.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Leave the tablet in the sealed blister pack until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, open the blister and gently remove the tablet. If the tablet breaks or crumbles, throw it away and take a new tablet out of the blister pack. Place the tablet under the tongue and allow it to dissolve for at least 1 minute before swallowing. Do not take this medicine with food or drink. Do not eat or drink for at least 5 minutes after taking the medicine. Wash your hands after handling the tablet. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain or chest tightness

  • dizziness

  • facial flushing

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • severe cough

  • trouble swallowing

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mouth pain or tingling

  • throat irritation

  • upset stomach

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions have not been studied.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor before restarting.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • history of eosinophilic esophagitis

  • history of irregular heartbeat

  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma

  • previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat

  • receiving or have received allergy shots

  • sores, wounds, or infection in your mouth

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to short ragweed pollen allergen extract, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Your doctor or healthcare professional should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine for you to keep at home for treating a severe allergic reaction if needed. Your healthcare professional will tell you how to use the auto-injectable epinephrine. Some medicines may make epinephrine not work as well or worsen side effects. Talk with your health care professional if you take any of these medicines:

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

  • chlorpheniramine

  • diphenhydramine

  • diuretics

  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • thyroid hormone


July 17, 2018