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In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Grastek® in children 5 to 17 years of age. However, safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 5 years of age.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Grastek® in the elderly. However, safety and efficacy have not been established in elderly patients older than 65 years of age.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Allergy to gelatin, mannitol, or sodium hydroxide or
Asthma, severe, unstable, or uncontrolled or
Eosinophilic esophagitis, history of or
Sublingual allergen immunotherapy, history of or
Systemic allergic reaction, severe, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
Angina (severe chest pain), unstable or
Arrhythmia (heart rhythm problem) or
Breathing or lung problems (eg, COPD) or
Heart attack, recent or
Hypertension (high blood pressure), uncontrolled—Serious allergic reactions may be more difficult to treat in patients with these conditions.
Dental extraction or
Mouth ulcers or thrush or
Oral surgery—These conditions should be allowed to healed first before taking this medicine.