Grastek

Drug List

Grastek

Drug Name

Grastek (Allergen extract of timothy grass pollen)

Manufactured By

Merck & Company, Inc

Drug Savings


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Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.


Class

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat certain allergies that may occur seasonally or year round. It is an extract of certain plant pollens that can cause allergies. Before prescribing this medication, your doctor must do laboratory/medical tests (such as skin or IgE tests) to learn what you are allergic to. This pollen allergen extract works by making your body less sensitive to the pollens (such as ragweed, grasses) that cause your allergies. This medication will not work right away to relieve allergy symptoms. When taken as directed, it may help relieve symptoms such as sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, cough, or itchy/watery eyes that are caused by allergies.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. With dry hands, remove one tablet from the package just before taking. Place the tablet under the tongue and allow it to dissolve for at least 1 minute before swallowing. Do not chew or swallow the tablet. Do not eat or drink while the tablet is dissolving in your mouth and for 5 minutes after taking it. Wash your hands after handling the tablet. If needed, an adult should help a child take this medication properly. Watch the child for at least 30 minutes after each dose to make sure the child does not have an allergic reaction to the medication. Usually, your doctor will direct you to start taking this medication about 4 months before the expected start of allergy season, and continue taking it throughout the season. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Side Effects

Mild mouth/eye/ear/throat itching, throat dryness/irritation, cough, mouth/tongue swelling, or mouth blisters may occur, especially during the first few days of treatment. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: throat tightness/swelling, trouble swallowing/breathing, chest pain, voice changes. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store tablets in the blister pack at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.