What is Odactra?
Odactra contains allergen extract from common household dust mites. Dust mite allergies can trigger breathing problems or skin reactions.
Odactra may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Odactra side effects
Odactra may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking the medicine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:
severe dizziness or a light-headed feeling (like you might pass out);
hives, itching, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
cough, chest tightness, wheezing, trouble breathing; or
swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If you stop taking Odactra after having an allergic reaction, do not start taking the medicine again without your doctor's advice.
Odactra may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe mouth or throat irritation;
breathing problems; or
choking feeling, chest pain, trouble swallowing.
Common side effects of Odactra may include:
pain, swelling, itching or sores in your mouth or on your tongue;
altered sense of taste;
cough, sore throat, sinus pain;
itching in your ears.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
You should not use Odactra if you have uncontrolled asthma, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to an allergen or pollen extract medicine, or an allergic reaction that affected your esophagus.
Odactra may cause a severe allergic reaction. Your doctor will give you the first dose and watch you closely to make sure you do not have a reaction.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Odactra if you've had an allergic reaction to similar allergen or pollen extract medicines, or if:
you have severe or uncontrolled asthma;
you have had an allergic reaction that affected your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach) and caused heartburn or trouble swallowing; or
you are younger than 18 years or older than 65 years.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
mouth sores, swollen gums, or other wounds or irritations inside your mouth;
uncontrolled high blood pressure;
if you take an antidepressant or migraine headache medicine; or
if you take medicine to treat heart problems, high blood pressure, or a prostate disorder.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How should I take Odactra?
Your doctor may perform an allergy skin test or blood test to make sure you are allergic to the specific allergen contained in Odactra.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Your doctor will give you the first dose and watch you closely for at least 30 minutes, to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.
Odactra is a sublingual tablet that dissolves under your tongue. Do not chew this tablet or swallow it whole.
To take the sublingual tablet:
Remove a tablet from the package only when you are ready to take the medicine.
Use dry hands to remove the tablet and place it in your mouth.
Place the sublingual tablet under your tongue and allow it to dissolve completely.
Do not swallow for at least 1 minute. Do not eat or drink anything for at least 5 minutes.
Wash your hands after handling the sublingual tablet.
A child using Odactra should be supervised by an adult while taking this medicine.
Your doctor may also prescribe epinephrine (Epi-Pen) to keep with you in case you ever have an allergic reaction to Odactra.
If you need oral surgery or dental work, or if you have a mouth injury or infection, you may need to stop using this medicine until your mouth heals. Tell your doctor if the sublingual tablets cause any mouth irritation.
Store tablets in the blister pack at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Odactra?
Ask your doctor before starting any new medicine or treatments, including allergy shots.
What other drugs will affect Odactra?
Other drugs may affect Odactra, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
With dry hands, remove the Odactra tablet from the foil blister pouch and then place the tablet under your tongue. The tablet dissolves within 10 seconds. Do not swallow for at least 1 minute.
Do not take Odactra with food or beverages, and avoid any food or beverages for at least 5 minutes after each dose. Your first dose is taken under the supervision of a health care provider due to the possibility of severe allergic reactions. Continue reading
More about Odactra (house dust mite allergen extract)
- Check interactions
- Compare alternatives
- Pricing & coupons
- Drug images
- Side effects
- Dosage information
- FDA approval history
- Drug class: allergenics
- En español
Related treatment guides
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Copyright 1996-2023 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 1.02.