Generic Name: Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract (RAG weed POL uhn AL er juhn EK strakt)
Brand Name: Ragwitek
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
- The first dose will be given in a doctor's office.
- Your doctor will give you another drug (epinephrine) to use in case of an allergic reaction. Be sure you know how and when to use it. Certain drugs may make epinephrine not work as well or raise the chance of side effects. This includes some drugs used to treat depression, heart problems, or high blood pressure. There are many drugs that interact with epinephrine. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it is safe to take epinephrine with all of your drugs.
- Do not take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) if you have very bad asthma or asthma that is not controlled.
Uses of Ragwitek:
- It is used to treat allergies caused by ragweed pollen.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ragwitek?
- If you have an allergy to Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) or any part of Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you ever had a very bad allergic reaction.
- If you have ever had eosinophilic esophagitis.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ragwitek?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine will not help allergy signs get better if the signs are already present. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are getting allergy shots or taking other drugs like this one under the tongue, talk with your doctor. Using these drugs at the same time may raise the chance of a very bad allergic reaction.
- This medicine is most useful if started before contact with the allergen. Take at least 12 weeks before.
- If you have asthma and you have trouble breathing or your asthma gets harder to control, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ragwitek) best taken?
Use Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Be sure your hands are dry before you touch Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract).
- Do not take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) out of the blister pack until you are ready to take it. Take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the removed drug for future use.
- Place under tongue and let melt all the way. Do not chew, suck or swallow tablet.
- Do not swallow for at least 1 minute after putting Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) in your mouth.
- Do not eat or drink while the tablet is melting or for 5 minutes after the tablet melts.
- Wash hands after use.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you miss more than 1 day of taking Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract), talk with your doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Trouble swallowing or speaking.
- Pain with swallowing.
- Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
- Shortness of breath.
- Cough that does not go away.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Stomach cramps.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Very bad mouth irritation.
- Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
- Very bad throat irritation.
What are some other side effects of Ragwitek?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Itching in the ear, mouth, or tongue.
- Numbness or tingling in the mouth.
- Throat irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ragwitek?
- Store in the original container at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) is refilled. If you have any questions about Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Ragwitek (ragweed pollen allergen extract).
Review Date: March 7, 2018
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