Researchers through a new study found that allergy sufferers are usually found using the over-the-counter medication to get relief from the symptom of the allergy, but they end up being unhappy with the results.
Researchers for the study published on Monday November 9 at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio gave conclusions after they asked fewer people treat their seasonal allergies with prescription medications.
These patients reported slightly higher levels of satisfaction with these medications, as compared with patients using over-the-counter allergy products, according to study’s findings.
Researchers during the study found that 51% of adults who took a prescription allergy pill reported that they had completely satisfied with the drug’s results. On the other hand only 33% of adults who took an allergy pill sold over-the-counter reported this same degree of satisfaction with their treatment.
Study author Dr. Eli Meltzer, a senior associate at Allergy & Asthma Medical Group & Research Center in San Diego, said that 62% of the study participants used over-the–counter allergy products to cope with their symptoms. Meltzer said the data is not surprising and the reason for its high usage is associated with its cost.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps on approving high number of allergy products for sale over-the-counter, Meltzer said.
He also said some health plans, might also be restricting people’s access to prescription allergy medications. Over-the-counter products may prove helpful, but if symptoms are still troublesome, an allergy specialist should be consulted for treatment, Meltzer said.