Medicine is used to treat some
food allergies. Medicines to treat a severe allergic
reaction or an
anaphylactic reaction are packaged in a prescribed
For mild allergic
reactions, people often try nonprescription medicines first. You can try
prescription medicines if nonprescription medicines fail to control allergy
symptoms or cause drowsiness or other bothersome side effects.
Medicines used to treat a severeallergic reaction include:
Medicines used to relieve mild
food allergy symptoms include:
What To Think About
Medicines that treat symptoms of
food allergies can have side effects. They are typically used for short periods
and are discontinued as soon as symptoms are resolved. The best way to avoid
symptoms is to avoid the food you are allergic to. Read all food labels, and be
aware that sometimes food
allergens are called by
other names on food labels.
There is no medicine that you can
take before eating a certain food that will reliably prevent an allergic
reaction to that food.
Allergy shots (desensitization therapy)
for food allergies are considered experimental and are not recommended.
A recent small study of a medicine for peanut allergy showed promising
results. The medicine, called an anti-IgE drug, binds to the antibodies (IgE)
released during an allergic reaction to peanut.9 A
larger study is under way to find out whether this medicine is safe and
effective for people who have peanut allergies.
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