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Sublingual Immunotherapy (Allergy Drops)

What are allergy drops (S.L.I.T)?
  • This method is used for patients with allergies to pets, pollen, and dust.
  • Much like allergy shot extract; sublingual drops or tablets are made up of small amounts of the things you are allergic to.
  • Drops or tablet is placed under the tongue once a day at home, after the first dose is given successfully in the office.
Who should and should not receive S.L.I.T.?
  • Those who cannot tolerate allergy shots or who do not have time to comply with the injection schedule SHOULD.
  • Those patients with certain GI disorders, specifically EOE should NOT.
  • Those patients who are pregnant or who may become pregnant will need to discuss with their doctor whether to start/continue therapy.
Is sublingual therapy covered by insurance?
  • Yes, sublingual tablets used for Timothy grass and Ragweed pollen are covered by insurance.
  • No, sublingual drops have yet to be approved for coverage by insurance. However, the safety and efficacy has been proven in Europe for over 30 years and is considered a viable alternative to allergy shots.
What can I expect?
  • The average treatment time for S.L.I.T. patients is 3-5 years, an office visit will be required every 3 month to receive refills and follow improvement.
  • Normal local reactions of mouth, tongue, and throat irritation and itching are to be expected.
     The cost of treatment is $175 for the first vial and $300 when a second vial is required.