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Allergy sufferers breathing easier, FDA approves first ‘ouchless’ alternative to allergy shots

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first under-the-tongue allergy treatment, a welcome alternative for patients who get regular allergy shots.

The pill is a mixture of grass pollen extracts compressed into a tablet that rapidly dissolves.

Patients who have tried the drug reported a drastic reduction in their allergy symptoms and medication use.

The treatment slowly builds a patient’s tolerance to grass pollen, something that used to be accomplished with routine allergy shots.

Experts said patients will take their first dose of Oralair in a doctor’s office to ensure they don’t have a serious reaction and then can take the rest at home.

The pill will be available by prescription only.

MORE: Get more information on Oralair from the FDA