Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is an effective and safe form of allergy therapy that targets a particular allergen, modifying the body’s immune system, allowing it to adapt and de-sensitized against the allergen. It is useful in allergic respiratory diseases such as allergic rhinitis and asthma. It is suitable for adults, and even children above the age of 2. The medication is administered beneath the tongue.
Why Should I consider Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)?
- It is relatively safe and effective in reducing or even treating allergy.
- It reduces long term allergy medication burden.
- It is easy to use, can be self-administered at home.
- It reduces the risk of acquiring asthma.
SLIT Oraltek® Spray
Oraltek® Spray is a type of sublingual Immunotherapy that can be administered via a spray underneath the tongue. It comes in a vial with a spray nozzle containing extracts from particular allergens.
How to Use Oraltek® Spray?
- Hold the spray with your dominant hand.
- Raise your tongue and direct the nozzle spray underneath your tongue.
- Hold the medicated solution in your mouth for 1-2 minutes before swallowing.
- Avoid oral intake, mouth rinsing or teeth brushing for the next 15- 30 minutes after administering the medication.
- Store the spray well.
- Repeat the procedure daily.
Do I Need to Stop Other Allergy Medications when I am on Sublingual Immunotherapy?
You do not usually need to stop your other medications for allergy treatment. However, over time, you may need less of your medications as the sublingual immunotherapy has effectively reduced your allergy symptoms.
If you are concerned with any medications interacting with sublingual immunotherapy, you can speak to your doctor.
Does Oraltek® Spray actually work?
The effectiveness of the treatment correlates with the length of treatment. Good medication compliance promises a better long-run sustaining effect of reduced allergy symptoms or even an allergy cure.
You are expected to see some functional results within the first year of treatment.
- Have fewer allergy symptoms
- Requires less allergy medication that you used to take for your allergy
If after one year of treatment, you do not achieve the above end results, you should speak to your doctor to revise the diagnosis and treatment plan.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of Oraltek® Spray?
You may experience temporary side effects such as mild itching, burning sensation or swelling over the administered site. However, as the spray covers a wide surface area of the mouth, the side effects are lesser in comparison on tablets or drops.
If you encounter such symptoms, you should still continue to treat through with the spray, as the symptoms resolve spontaneously with repeated use of the spray.
How long do I need to use Oraltek® Spray? Can I abort the treatment before the recommended time frame?
The recommended duration of treatment is 3-5 years. In the event of you stopping the treatment before 3 years, the effectivity of allergy improvement may not sustain over time.
Where should I keep my Oraltek® Spray?
You are advised to keep the spray in the refrigerator at a temperature of 2-8C. Having said that, the spay is safe and stable at a temperature below 25C.
Any Travelling Tips when on Oraltek® Spray?
It is relatively hassle-free. You are allowed to hand carry when travel by air, and stored it in a small bag with an ice cube.
You should avoid stopping the treatment for more than 1 week.
Is there are other options of Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Yes, speak to your doctor, there are tablets form as well.