Allergy Immunotherapy Treatment Sets & Sterile Allergy Immunotherapy Compounding in Houston TX

Click below to learn about subcutaneous allergy immunotherapy, sublingual allergy immunotherapy & other aspects of our allergy immunotherapy treatment sets.

What is SCIT and SLIT?

Subcutaneous Immunotherapy or SCIT are sterile vials filled with the proportions of allergens as prescribed by the physician and generally administered in the physician’s office subcutaneously (just under the skin) these are also commonly known as “Allergy Shots” and have been in use for over 100 years.  Typically the SCIT or shot Treatment Sets consist of 4 or more color coded vials of increasing concentrations and are subcutaneously injected over a 25 week period. However, treatment sets can have 3 to 6 vials and once the patient is on a stable maintenance dose, they typically only have a single vial. This type of treatment should be supervised by a specialized physician in a facility equipped with proper staff and equipment to identify and treat adverse reactions to allergy injections. Ideally, immunotherapy should be given in your allergist / immunologist’s office. If this is not possible, your allergist / immunologist should provide the supervising physician with comprehensive instructions about your allergy shot treatments.

Sublingual Immunotherapy or SLIT is becoming increasing popular in the United States and has been the most common form of Immunotherapy in Europe for many years. This form of Allergy Immunotherapy also commonly known as “Allergy Drops” is administered under the tongue and is a non-sterile liquid for oral use that is mixed similarly to the S CIT treatment sets. SLIT is prescription only and is dispensed in specially made pump containers designed to deliver exact accurate doses.

What Is A Treatment Set?

A treatment set is a custom compounded set of vials prepared specifically for one patient. They are filled with the proportions of allergens as prescribed by the physician. Typically they consist of 4 color coded vials of increasing concentrations and are subcutaneously injected over a 25 week period. However, treatment sets can have 3 to 6 vials and once the patient is on a stable maintenance dose, they typically only have a single vial.

Allergy Testing Method

Physicians use a number of diagnostic methods to determine if a patients’ symptoms are caused by allergy. Common methods are patient history and skin testing or In-Vitro testing (usually a RAST test). Patient prescriptions can be formulated from any of these allergy testing methods.

How Long Do Patients Stay On Injections And How Do I Handle Refills?

The physician will specify the duration. History has shown that 3 years is average. However, each patient is different and no definitive period has been established. Refills may be requested by phone or fax.

What Is The Dosage Schedule?

While the experienced physician will specify the dosage schedule. We have a suggested dosage schedule in our package insert which outlines a typical injection schedule and can provide advice for other custom dosage schedules.

What Is The Maximum Number Of Allergens That Can Be Mixed Into One Treatment Set?

The maximum recommended number of allergens in the maintenance dose vial for a treatment set is 12 allergens per vial. Exceeding this amount will typically compromise the therapeutic concentration and consequently the effectiveness of the treatment. It is not uncommon for very allergic patients to have two treatment or more sets.

What Is The Average Expiration Date For A Treatment Set?

The expiration date is typically (12 months) one year.

How Soon Can I Expect Delivery After Submitting The Prescription?

Usually within one week of ordering, sometimes only a day or two, depending on what day of the week they are ordered in. We overnight shipments so the receiving clinic needs to be open / available the day of receipt. (Typically we don’t ship on Fridays for this reason).

Are There Any Special Storage Conditions?

Although the extracts and treatment sets we produce are very stable, it is recommended that they be stored in a refrigerator.