Rarely, this medication can cause a serious (rarely fatal) allergic reaction. Get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: flushing/rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face, tongue, throat), severe dizziness, fast/weak heartbeat, or trouble breathing. To be sure that you do not have a serious reaction, you will need to stay in a health care setting for 30 minutes after taking this drug for the first time so your doctor can carefully monitor you and provide medical help if needed.
Your doctor will also prescribe another medication (epinephrine) to use if you have a serious allergic reaction outside the health care setting. Read the Patient Information Leaflet for this medication provided by your pharmacist. Learn ahead of time when and how to use your brand of epinephrine, and get medical help right away if you have to use it.
Certain medical conditions may increase the seriousness of an allergic reaction or your risk for an allergic reaction. These include high blood pressure, breathing disorders such as asthma, or heart problems such as angina/irregular heartbeat/previous heart attack. Also, some medications (including beta blockers such as atenolol) may make epinephrine or other rescue medications not work as well or increase your risk for side effects from these medications. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the drugs you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products).
This medication is used to treat certain allergies that may occur seasonally or year round. It is an extract of certain plant pollens that can cause allergies. Before prescribing this medication, your doctor must do laboratory/medical tests (such as skin or IgE tests) to learn what you are allergic to. This pollen allergen extract works by making your body less sensitive to the pollens (such as ragweed, grasses) that cause your allergies. This medication will not work right away to relieve allergy symptoms. When taken as directed, it may help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, cough, or itchy/watery eyes that are caused by allergies.
How to use Weed Pollen-Short Ragweed Tablet, Sublingual
Take this medication by mouth without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. With dry hands, remove one tablet from the package just before taking. Place the tablet under the tongue and allow it to dissolve for at least 1 minute before swallowing. Do not chew or swallow the tablet. Do not eat or drink while the tablet is dissolving in your mouth and for 5 minutes after taking it. Wash your hands after handling the tablet.
If needed, an adult should help a child take this medication properly. Watch the child for at least 30 minutes after each dose to make sure the child does not have an allergic reaction to the medication.
For some brands of this medication, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose to reduce your risk of side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Usually, your doctor will direct you to start taking this medication about 4 months before the expected start of allergy season, and continue taking it throughout the season. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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