For Patients

Symbia Allergy Solutions partners with your physician to offer the best in allergy care for you and your family.

Contact Symbia Allergy Solutions to find a Symbia-partner doctor near you.

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Why choose sublingual allergy drops?

Antihistamines and other medications may take the edge off of your allergy symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying allergic disease. (Stop the pills and the symptoms return!)
For lasting results, you need immunotherapy – the only treatment proven to bring about long-term allergy relief.
Immunotherpy comes in 2 forms – allergy shots or allergy drops. Both are proven-effective, but allergy drops are safer, painless, more convenient and cost-effective than shots.

Facts about Allergy Drops

They are taken once per day as a painless drop under the tongue.
Because allergy drops have an excellent safety record, they can be taken in the comfort of home. Side effects are rare and usually mild. European allergists have used allergy drops, as the treatment of choice, for nearly 100 years. Allergy drops have also become popular in the US to the increased safety, convenience and lower cost compared to allergy shots.

How do allergy drops work?

Sublingual allergy drops contain extracts of common pollens and other allergens.  The drops absorb into the body through special cells in the mouth.  As you take the drops daily under the tongue, they help your body develop an immunity to allergens so that it will stop overreacting to them in ways that lead to troubling symptoms.
In addition to pollen allergies, physicians can prescribe sublingual immunotherapy drops for dog and cat allergies, other animal danders, molds and dust mites.

Allergy Drops and the FDA

Allergy drops are an “off-label” use of the same FDA-approved allergy extract serum used in allergy shots. Only your medical provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) can prescribe allergy drops for you. Medical providers, in the US, can prescribe FDA-approved medications in any way that they deem is in the patient’s best interest. About 30% of prescriptions in the US are written for off-label indications. Common examples include prescribing beta blockers, a heart medication, for migraines, and using anti-seizure medications for diabetic foot pain. Even prescribing antibiotics for sinusitis is an off-label use. So, as you can see, off-label prescribing is very common. Physicians who partner with Symbia Allergy Solutions utilize allergy drops protocols that are endorsed by reputable allergy academies in the US. So, you can rest assured that if your doctor is a Symbia partner, then you’ll receive customized immunotherapy that targets the allergens that are causing your worst symptoms.

Got asthma? Need long-term allergy relief? Getting started on sublingual allergy drops is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Talk to your health care provider
    Contact Symbia to find a Symbia-partner physician near you, or take this form to your current physician so he/she can start prescribing Symbia’s oral allergy drops.
  2. Get your allergy drops
    Your doctor’s office will test you for allergies and create a customized allergy-drops treatment that targets your specific allergies. Once approved for sublingual allergy treatment, you will receive your first series of dropper bottles.
  3. Take allergy treatment drops once daily for lasting allergy relief
    The drops are taken just once per day. 85% of patients who finish at least 3, ideally 4 years of treatment experience complete relief or a significant reduction in allergy symptoms that lasts for many years, if not for the rest of your life.

The Numbers

Like most people, you may have a high out-of-pocket annual-insurance deductible? If so, then allergy drops cost much less than allergy shots. In fact, most patients who choose allergy drops, spend about half of what they would spend for allergy shots. This is because very few office-visits are required for allergy drops, meaning fewer copays, lower travel expenses to and from the office and less missed work or school. Healthcare savings accounts (HSA) can be used to pay for allergy drops. One study showed that allergy sufferers who use immunotherapy spent 41% less on overall healthcare expenses in the first 18 months alone. (1) So, allergy drops pay for themselves very quickly. Allergy drops are an investment in your or your child’s health that not only saves money, in the short and long run, but also dramatically improves quality of life. Contact Symbia allergy today, to find a Symbia-Partner physician in your area, or give your doctor this form, so that he or she can begin prescribing allergy drops.

Why Savvy Patients Choose Symbia-Partner Physicians

Not all allergy immunotherapy works as well as Symbia’s! Be sure to avoid the following low-quality protocols:

  1. At-home allergy shots: Some companies offer allergy shots that patients self-administer at home. Shots that are safe enough to be administered at-home are usually very dilute and don’t work very well. The one exception to this is patients self-administering shots once they’ve safely reached maintenance dosing on traditional allergy-shots protocols. However, for most alternative at-home-shots protocols, there haven’t been any studies done to prove that they actually work. Either use at-home allergy drops or traditional in-office-allergy shots.
  2. Stock-Mix Allergy Drops: Steer clear of allergy drops that aren’t customized for you. Some protocols treat all patients with the same stock mix regardless of the patient’s history or allergy-test results. These stock mixes often contain 70, 90 or over 100 allergens, with a very small amount of each individual antigen. Because there are a limited number of “Langerhans” cells, or the cells with allergy-desensitization properties in your mouth, it’s unlikely that there’s enough contact between any single allergn and the Langerhans cells to actually help you feel better. By contrast, Symbia-physician partners identify the ~10 allergens that are causing your worst symptoms.

Then a higher amount of these fewer antigens is included in your treatment prescription. This “fewer-allergen-higher-dose” approach is endorsed by leading allergists and Ear Nose & Throat physicians in the US.
Don’t you deserve the best allergy care available? Symbia thinks so and therefore, we work with your doctor to offer immunotherapy protocols that are supported by respected US allergy groups and have been shown to be effective.