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How long after starting them can I stop getting allergy shots?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Are they working?

You should see improvement with allergy injections a few months after reaching your maximal tolerated dose.
If you're not better review the program with your allergist. Perhaps you should stop? After 4-5 years of successful once-monthly immunotherapy patients may try to stop. About half return in 6-8 weeks wishing to resume. 25% need to restart after 5-7 years. 25% never need another injection.

In brief: Are they working?

You should see improvement with allergy injections a few months after reaching your maximal tolerated dose.
If you're not better review the program with your allergist. Perhaps you should stop? After 4-5 years of successful once-monthly immunotherapy patients may try to stop. About half return in 6-8 weeks wishing to resume. 25% need to restart after 5-7 years. 25% never need another injection.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
3 doctors agree

In brief: Avg is 3 years

Allergy injections are steadily increased until a maintenance dose is reached and symptoms are better controlled.
Once this level is reached, the time period between shots is gradually increased from weekly to monthly. The average time for most patients to improve while on shots is 3-5 years. While some patients get better on shorter times, their symptoms often return quickly.

In brief: Avg is 3 years

Allergy injections are steadily increased until a maintenance dose is reached and symptoms are better controlled.
Once this level is reached, the time period between shots is gradually increased from weekly to monthly. The average time for most patients to improve while on shots is 3-5 years. While some patients get better on shorter times, their symptoms often return quickly.
Dr. Alex Martinez
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Although monthly shots often provide adequate relief of symptoms, true induction of remission may require 2 or more injections per month. It has always been my advise to use your symptoms to tell you when you need your next injection. In some season, that may be weekly, especially during the first year on shots.
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