Comparing Allergy Shots and Allergy Drops

Allergy ShotsAllergy Drops
How are they taken?The shots are given under the skin (often in the upper arm) usually at the doctor's office.The liquid drops are placed under the tongue and are usually taken at home.
How often do you take them?One or more shots each time you go to the doctor's office:
  • Once or twice a week for the first few months
  • Once or twice a month after that
A few times a week or every day
How long do you take them?3 to 5 years (or sometimes longer)Typically 3 to 5 years (or sometimes longer)
Are they approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat allergies and asthma caused by allergies?YesNo, allergy drops are not yet approved by the FDA.* But they are approved and commonly used in Europe and other parts of the world. Allergy drops are available in the United States, and doctors are starting to prescribe them.
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Because allergy drops are not yet approved by the FDA, they may not be covered by your health insurance.

From: Allergy Shots and Allergy Drops for Adults and Children

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