ARE HOUSE DUST MITES THE REASON YOU STILL FEEL MISERABLE?

Nearly half of all people with allergies are allergic to house dust mites, like Dustin

ARE HOUSE DUST MITES THE REASON YOU STILL FEEL MISERABLE?

Nearly half of all people with allergies are allergic to house dust mites, like Dustin
Dustin is a house dust mite. You may have heard of house dust mites like him before—but did you know that they can cause allergic rhinitis? If you’re allergic, they can even make your other allergy symptoms worse.
You might even feel like you have allergies all year.
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MEET DUSTIN, A HOUSE DUST MITE

"Small but mite-y."
Full Name: Dustin Mite
Height: 0.1-0.5 mm
Favorite Hangout: Sheets, pillows, carpeting…anywhere cozy, really!
Favorite Snack: Skin flakes from my landlords
Favorite Hobbies: Listening to sneezing and coughing, counting used tissues, outstaying my welcome, hanging out with friends and family
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Nearly 50% of people with allergic rhinitis are allergic to house dust mites

Nearly 50% of people with allergic rhinitis are allergic to house dust mites

What are the symptoms of house dust mite allergy?

A house dust mite allergy isn’t often obvious. You might think your seasonal allergies are acting up—or, you might think it’s just a cold. However, your symptoms could be because of house dust mites. Here are some common ones:
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Sneezing/Runny
and/or stuffy nose

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Coughing/
Wheezing

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Itchy
skin

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Itchy and/or
watery eyes

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What are house dust mites, anyway?

A house dust mite, like our friend Dustin, is a tiny bug-like creature that is too small to be seen. He eats the flakes of skin that are constantly shed by people and pets.
One of the worst things about Dustin? He doesn’t work alone. Hundreds of thousands of house dust mites can live on soft surfaces all over your home (actually, anywhere indoors). They are very hard to get rid of—even the cleanest homes have house dust mites. Dustin and his friends love:
  • Your bed: The mattress, your sheets, the comforter, the pillows…all hotspots for Dustin and his pals
  • Your furniture: The couch, that old comfy recliner, the oversized fabric ottoman—anything upholstered is up for dust mite’s delight
  • Your closet: The clothes hanging up provide fashionable hangouts for Dustin’s crew
  • Your décor: Carpeting and curtains are some of house dust mites’ favorite design choices
House dust mites can cause you to have symptoms even after they die. But, don’t feel too bad for Dustin. He’s the one who could be causing your allergy symptoms, after all.
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House dust mites have no off season

If you feel like you deal with allergy symptoms all year, it might be because you’re allergic to house dust mites.
When it’s cold outside, we tend to spend more time indoors—where house dust mites live. And when we turn our heat on, house dust mites and their waste move around the house, causing more exposure—and symptoms. In fact, house dust mite allergy is often mistaken for a cold in the fall and winter.
Unfortunately, house dust mites don’t stop being a problem when the weather gets warmer. And if you’re allergic to outdoor allergens, like tree or ragweed pollen, it can add on to your house dust mite allergy and make your symptoms worse.
Find out if its time to talk with an allergy doctor, allergist, or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor.

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Should I be worried about house dust mites like Dustin?

House dust mites don’t bite, sting, or carry any diseases. But that doesn’t mean that Dustin (or his buddies) are totally harmless.
If you’re allergic to house dust mites, they can cause your immune system to overreact, causing allergy symptoms. Because you’re around house dust mites whenever you’re indoors, they can make you feel unwell a lot of the time. That means you can end up feeling like you have allergies all year.
The good news is ODACTRA can help keep your immune system from overreacting to house dust mites.

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DUSTIN

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What is ODACTRA?

ODACTRA is a prescription medicine used for sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy to treat house dust mite allergies that can cause sneezing, runny or itchy nose, stuffy or congested nose, or itchy and watery eyes. ODACTRA may be prescribed for persons 18 through 65 years of age who are allergic to house dust mites. ODACTRA is NOT a medication that gives immediate relief for symptoms of house dust mite allergy.

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What is the most important information I should know about ODACTRA?

ODACTRA can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ODACTRA and immediately seek medical care:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Throat tightness or swelling
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid or weak heartbeat
  • Severe stomach cramps or pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Severe flushing or itching of the skin

For home administration of ODACTRA, your doctor should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine to treat a severe reaction, should one occur. Your doctor will train and instruct you on the proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.

If you forget to take ODACTRA, do not take two tablets. Take the next tablet at your normal scheduled time the next day. If you miss more than one tablet of ODACTRA, contact your doctor before restarting.

Do not take ODACTRA if:
  • You have severe, unstable or uncontrolled asthma
  • You had a severe allergic reaction in the past that included any of these symptoms: trouble breathing, dizziness or fainting, rapid or weak heartbeat
  • You have ever had difficulty with breathing due to swelling of the throat or upper airway after using any sublingual immunotherapy before
  • You have ever been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis
  • You are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients in ODACTRA
Your doctor may decide that ODACTRA is not the best treatment if:
  • You have asthma, depending on how severe it is
  • You suffer from lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • You suffer from heart disease such as coronary artery disease, an irregular heart rhythm, or you have hypertension that is not well controlled
  • You are pregnant, plan to become pregnant during the time you will be taking ODACTRA, or are breast-feeding
  • You are unable or unwilling to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to treat a severe allergic reaction to ODACTRA
  • You are taking certain medicines that enhance the likelihood of a severe reaction, or interfere with the treatment of a severe reaction. These medicines include:
    • Beta blockers and alpha-blockers (prescribed for high blood pressure)
    • Cardiac glycosides (prescribed for heart failure or problems with heart rhythm)
    • Diuretics (prescribed for heart conditions and high blood pressure)
    • Ergot alkaloids (prescribed for migraine headache)
    • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants (prescribed for depression)
    • Thyroid hormone (prescribed for low thyroid activity)
  • If you are receiving allergy shots or other immunotherapy under the tongue. Use of more than one of these types of medicines together may increase the likelihood of a severe allergic reaction
Stop taking ODACTRA and contact your doctor if you have any mouth surgery procedures (such as tooth removal), develop any mouth infections, ulcers or cuts in the mouth or throat, or have heartburn, difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, or chest pain that does not go away or worsens.
The most commonly reported side effects were throat irritation/tickle, itching in the mouth or ears, swelling of the back of the mouth, lips or tongue. These side effects, by themselves, are generally not dangerous or life-threatening.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING and Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.
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Selected Important Safety Information about ODACTRA

What is the most important information I should know about ODACTRA?
ODACTRA can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ODACTRA and immediately seek medical care:
  • Trouble breathing

What is ODACTRA?

ODACTRA is a prescription medicine used for sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy to treat house dust mite allergies that can cause sneezing, runny or itchy nose, stuffy or congested nose, or itchy and watery eyes. ODACTRA may be prescribed for persons 18 through 65 years of age who are allergic to house dust mites. ODACTRA is NOT a medication that gives immediate relief for symptoms of house dust mite allergy.

Selected Important Safety Information about ODACTRA

What is the most important information I should know about ODACTRA?

ODACTRA can cause severe allergic reactions that may be life-threatening. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking ODACTRA and immediately seek medical care:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Throat tightness or swelling
  • Trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid or weak heartbeat
  • Severe stomach cramps or pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Severe flushing or itching of the skin

For home administration of ODACTRA, your doctor should prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine to treat a severe reaction, should one occur. Your doctor will train and instruct you on the proper use of auto-injectable epinephrine.

If you forget to take ODACTRA, do not take two tablets. Take the next tablet at your normal scheduled time the next day. If you miss more than one tablet of ODACTRA, contact your doctor before restarting.

Do not take ODACTRA if:
  • You have severe, unstable or uncontrolled asthma
  • You had a severe allergic reaction in the past that included any of these symptoms: trouble breathing, dizziness or fainting, rapid or weak heartbeat
  • You have ever had difficulty with breathing due to swelling of the throat or upper airway after using any sublingual immunotherapy before
  • You have ever been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis
  • You are allergic to any of the inactive ingredients in ODACTRA
Your doctor may decide that ODACTRA is not the best treatment if:
  • You have asthma, depending on how severe it is
  • You suffer from lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • You suffer from heart disease such as coronary artery disease, an irregular heart rhythm, or you have hypertension that is not well controlled
  • You are pregnant, plan to become pregnant during the time you will be taking ODACTRA, or are breast-feeding
  • You are unable or unwilling to administer auto-injectable epinephrine to treat a severe allergic reaction to ODACTRA
  • You are taking certain medicines that enhance the likelihood of a severe reaction, or interfere with the treatment of a severe reaction. These medicines include:
    • Beta blockers and alpha-blockers (prescribed for high blood pressure)
    • Cardiac glycosides (prescribed for heart failure or problems with heart rhythm)
    • Diuretics (prescribed for heart conditions and high blood pressure)
    • Ergot alkaloids (prescribed for migraine headache)
    • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants (prescribed for depression)
    • Thyroid hormone (prescribed for low thyroid activity)
  • If you are receiving allergy shots or other immunotherapy under the tongue. Use of more than one of these types of medicines together may increase the likelihood of a severe allergic reaction
Stop taking ODACTRA and contact your doctor if you have any mouth surgery procedures (such as tooth removal), develop any mouth infections, ulcers or cuts in the mouth or throat, or have heartburn, difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, or chest pain that does not go away or worsens.
The most commonly reported side effects were throat irritation/tickle, itching in the mouth or ears, swelling of the back of the mouth, lips or tongue. These side effects, by themselves, are generally not dangerous or life-threatening.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING and Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.