(Desensitization; Hyposensitization; Immunotherapy)
Type of Medication
What Allergy Shots Are Most Frequently Prescribed For
How Allergy Shots Work
Precautions While Using These Medicines
Allergy Shots Should Not Be Taken Under These Conditions:
- Having severe asthma that is not controlled with medicine
- Having heart problems
- Taking a beta-blocker
- Children under the age of 5 years
Discuss Pregnancy with Your Doctor
Discuss Other Medications
Continue Other Measures
Possible Side Effects
American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org/
American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology http://www.acaai.org/
Allergy Asthma Information Association http://aaia.ca/
Calgary Allergy Network http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012 -
- Update Date: 12/19/2012 -
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