A Convenient Treatment for Grass Allergies
If your child suffers from grass allergies, you likely have tried to treat his or her symptoms with over-the-counter or prescription allergy medicines like antihistamines or nasal sprays or allergy immunotherapy. Although allergy immunotherapy in the United States is traditionally given through allergy shots, parents may choose not to have their kids with grass allergies receive allergy shots, or they may choose to stop allergy shots for many reasons, including:
- Inconvenience of regular allergy specialist office visits
- Fear of needles
ORALAIR is a sublingual (under the tongue) allergy immunotherapy tablet that may improve symptoms of allergy to 5 of the most common grasses in the United States in children and adolescents 10 to 17 years old. It is a convenient needle-free option that can be taken at home, under adult supervision. Ask your child’s allergy specialist for more information.
Proven Effectiveness in Children With Grass Allergies
Treatment with ORALAIR may provide your kid with reduced grass allergy symptoms during the first season he or she is on treatment. In a medical study, grass allergy symptoms were improved more in children and adolescents who took ORALAIR than those who did not. Those allergy symptoms included:
- Runny or itchy nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy and watery eyes
The children and adolescents who took ORALAIR also took less other allergy medicine during the grass allergy season. Those allergy medicines included over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicines like antihistamines, nasal sprays, and other allergy pills.
Your child may have some side effects from ORALAIR. In medical studies, the most common side effects in children and adults were itching of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat.
These side effects, by themselves, are not dangerous or life-threatening. They usually go away soon after treatment starts. If your child has a side effect that bothers him or her or does not go away, talk with the allergy specialist. He or she may be able to help you and your child manage it.
In medical studies of ORALAIR in children and adolescents*
About 4 months before grass allergy season, people took ORALAIR or placebo (sugar pill tablet, with no medicine in it)
During grass allergy season, people kept taking their assigned tablet and wrote down their allergy symptoms and the allergy medicines they took
After grass allergy season, people who took ORALAIR reported that their allergy symptoms were less severe and that they took less allergy medicine than people who did not take ORALAIR
The effectiveness of ORALAIR was measured in medical studies by a daily combined score of how troublesome allergy symptoms were and how much other allergy medicine was used.
*ORALAIR is approved for use in people 10 to 65 years old.
ORALAIR can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. Symptoms of allergic reactions to ORALAIR include:
- Trouble breathing
- Throat tightness or swelling
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid or weak heartbeat
- Severe stomach cramps or pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Severe flushing or itching of the skin
If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ORALAIR and immediately seek medical care. For home administration of ORALAIR, your doctor should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine for you to keep at home for treating a severe reaction, should one occur. Your doctor will train and instruct you on the proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.