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If the cold-like stuffed up, sneezing, irritated itchy nose and eye symptoms of hay fever (medically, allergic rhinitis) are making you miserable while indoors or year-round, it could be due to a common allergy: house dust mites.
Allergic rhinitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen (a substance that causes allergic reactions). In millions of cases, house dust mites are the cause of this allergy.
They're especially fond of warm, humid environments, and feed on the tiny flakes of skin you shed every day. That makes carpets, bedding, and upholstery some of their favorite spots. House dust mites love your home almost as much as you do. Getting them to leave is nearly impossible.
Nearly 4 out of 5 households in the United States contain detectable levels of house dust mites. When you come in contact with house dust mites, your immune system releases chemicals to fight them. This is what causes your symptoms. Since house dust mites live in your home year-round, you may suffer symptoms and seek relief year-round.
Allergic rhinitis due to house dust mites can make you feel like you have a cold that lasts all year long.
Remember—while you may suffer from many allergies, ODACTRA can still reduce symptoms and allergy medication use as long as you are allergic to house dust mites.
Not all doctors are allergy specialists. If you haven't met with one already, an allergist can help you discover what you're allergic to and how to treat it. So stop suffering! Call your allergist, or use the tool below to find one.
The Doc Finder includes healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved allergy immunotherapy, and the particular healthcare providers listed for you are located within your geographic area based on your ZIP code. While this list is updated periodically and ALK does not exclude any healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved immunotherapy, it may not include all healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved allergy immunotherapy in your area, and it does not include all allergy specialists in your area. ALK does not have a relationship, financial or otherwise with the healthcare providers included in the Doc Finder, except that it may provide information about allergy immunotherapy treatments to healthcare providers from time to time, and some of the healthcare providers serve as paid consultants to ALK. In particular, healthcare providers do not pay a fee to be included on the Doc Finder. There are no restrictions that would exclude a healthcare provider from continuing to be listed on the Doc Finder except that ALK may remove from the Doc Finder healthcare providers that are no longer experienced in all methods of FDA-approved immunotherapy or actively practicing. ALK imposes no restrictions on the manner in which healthcare providers provide services, and healthcare providers exercise their professional judgment to determine the best form of treatment for their patients.
This information is not medical advice nor is it a recommendation of any specific medical product or treatment. Only your healthcare provider can determine what treatment is best for you.
What is ODACTRA?
ODACTRA is a prescription medicine used for sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy to treat house dust mite allergies that can cause sneezing, runny or itchy nose, stuffy or congested nose, or itchy and watery eyes. ODACTRA may be prescribed for persons 18 through 65 years of age who are allergic to house dust mites. ODACTRA is NOT a medication that gives immediate relief for symptoms of house dust mite allergy.
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What is the most important information I should know about ODACTRA?
ODACTRA can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ODACTRA and immediately seek medical care:
For home administration of ODACTRA, your doctor should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine to treat a severe reaction, should one occur. Your doctor will train and instruct you on the proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.
If you forget to take ODACTRA, do not take two tablets. Take the next tablet at your normal scheduled time the next day. If you miss more than one tablet of ODACTRA, contact your doctor before restarting.
Do not take ODACTRA if:
Your doctor may decide that ODACTRA is not the best treatment if:
Stop taking ODACTRA and contact your doctor if you have any mouth surgery procedures (such as tooth removal), develop any mouth infections, ulcers or cuts in the mouth or throat, or have heartburn, difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, or chest pain that does not go away or worsens.
The most commonly reported side effects were throat irritation/tickle, itching in the mouth or ears, swelling of the back of the mouth, lips or tongue. These side effects, by themselves, are generally not dangerous or life-threatening.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.