SLIT Allergy Treatment Program

Number of Patient Visits

Number of Provider Visits

Allergy Testing Required?

Who should NOT Use

Duration of Treatment

Treatment Frequency/Location

FDA Approved?

Effective?

Insurance Coverage for Allergy?

Insurance Coverage for Serum?

Treatment Time

Possible Adverse Reactions

Monthly Cost

Drops under tongue
Rare Itching/tingling in mouth, temporary worsening of allergy symptoms:Extremely rare: hives or anaphylaxis
Once every 12 weeks
Yes, as needed
Severe Immunodeficiency
3-5 years
Daily drops under the tongue/home
1-2 times every week
Yes, as needed
4-5 years or more
Shots 1-2 times per  week/doctor's office
Antigens: Yes/Method: Off-Label
Serum: Yes/Method:Yes
Yes
Yes, but call insurance company for your specific benefits
Yes, but call insurance company for your specific benefits
No, but comparatively low out-of-pocket cost
Usually yes, but plan dependent: Check with your insurer
2 minutes daily (in the comfort of your home)
Hours weekly (driving to and from doctor, waiting after each shot)
Approximate Total/Month - $68.95
Approximate Total/Month - $120.00 +

Sublingual Allergy Drops

Subcutaneous Injections

Sublingual (SLIT) vs Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy) as a viable alternative to injection therapy. Allergen Immunotherapy is a type of preventive treatment for allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal danders. While medications such as antihistamines and nasal sprays only treat the symptoms, Sublingual Immunotherapy treats the underlying cause of the allergic reaction by inducing immune tolerance to these antigens. It is done by administration of gradually increasing amounts of the specific  antigens. Until recently, the only way to successfully administer Allergen Immunotherapy in the United States was by injections (allergy shots) at the doctors office and now SLIT is being introduced as an injection-free procedure that offers patients the freedom to treat their allergies conveniently in their own home.

Taking beta-blockers, history of anaphylaxis, young children, infants, severe asthmatics, severe immunodeficiency

Sublingual Immunotherapy

Method of Administration

Yes
Shots in arm
Swelling, redness, tenderness and/or itching at injection site, worsening of allergic symptoms, wheezing, hives, life-threatening anaphylaxis