QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE?

 

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How to take micro-immunotherapy medicines?

Micro-immunotherapy medicines are presented in a treatment that follows a sequential order. The three blister packs contained in the box have specific numbering and are identical. The numerical order must be respected when taking the medicine, beginning with capsule number 1 and continuing until reaching capsule number 10. When you finish the first blister pack, start on the next, beginning once again with capsule number 1.

Capsules must be opened by the head, and its content (small granules) poured under the tongue and allowed to dissolve to ensure their contact with the sublingual mucosa.

The medicine should preferably be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If this is not possible, it should be taken 15-30 minutes before meals or 1 hour afterwards.

Below are some explanatory diagrams on how to take the medicine. The presentation of the blister pack may vary depending on the medicine: please follow the instructions corresponding to your blister pack.

1. Take the blister pack out of the box

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These are the two types of blister packs that are both currently available on the market. Numbers are at the front of the blister packs with capsules in a straight line, whilst numbers are on the back of the blister packs with capsules in a zigzag line. In both cases, the order of the numbers is always from 1 to 10.

2. Remove one capsule following the numerical order

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3. Open the capsule

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4. Empty the content of the capsule under your tongue

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Where several capsules a day have been prescribed, take them at different times throughout the day, keeping an interval of at least 2 hours between taking them and, at all times, respecting the numerical order and your prescriber indications.

Can children take Labo’Life’s medicines?

There is no contraindication to prescribing micro-immunotherapy medicines to children. Nevertheless, if in doubt, it is always better to consult your doctor.

I am pregnant. Can I take this medicine?

As with all medicine, if you are pregnant, you should inform your doctor before taking this medicine, especially during the two most sensitive periods of your pregnancy - the first and third trimester. Do not hesitate to seek advice from your doctor so she/he can evaluate the possible benefits/risks of your treatment.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I take Labo’Life’s medicines?

Labo’Life’s micro-immunotherapy medicines, like other medicines, contain a small quantity of lactose in the granules. In some cases, patients who cannot tolerate this type of sugar can suffer digestive problems after taking the medicine on an empty stomach. To give you an idea, the granules from a capsule can contain a quantity of lactose 100 times lower than the one contained in half a glass of milk.

A lactose intolerant person can therefore try to take this medicine on an empty stomach and see if he can tolerate it. If not, many prescribing doctors advise systematically delaying taking the medicine until 1 hour after meals. If you still have problems, they also advise dissolving the granules in a glass with a small amount of mineral water and then afterwards let the water remain in contact with the sublingual mucosa for as long as possible.

This usually enables lactose intolerant patients to take these medicines, even though they contain a small amount of lactose.

When should I take this medicine?

The medicine should preferably be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If this is not possible, it should be taken 15-30 minutes before meals or 1 hour afterwards.

What is the usual dosage?

Usual dosage is normally one capsule per day, on an empty stomach, in the morning. On occasions, and when recommended by the prescribing doctor, the rhythm of the sequence can be accelerated, strictly following the numerical order of the capsules.

If you have to take more than one capsule a day, remember to leave an interval of time between taking the medicine.

What is the normal duration of the treatment?

Micro-immunotherapy treatments can last a few days or several months in order to sustain and effectively regulate the immune system in its fight against disease. In chronic pathologies, the treatment may be long-term.

Why should the micro-immunotherapy treatment be taken on an empty stomach?

Micro-immunotherapy formulas are designed to communicate the correct message to the immune system. The treatment should preferably be taken on an empty stomach to ensure this message is not altered in any way. Nevertheless, the treatment can be taken 15-30 minutes before meals or 1 hour afterwards.

Why under the tongue?

There are tissues under the tongue that allow the active substances in the medicine to penetrate and transmit the information they contain immediately to the areas where the immune response is taking place.

Are there any interactions with food or drink?

Given that micro-immunotherapy medicines are administered under the tongue, it is recommended that you do not take them at the same time as meals and also avoid taking them at the same time as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, alcohol or mint, just like other medicines that are taken in this way.

The capsules are difficult to open. How should I do it?

Labo’Life’s medicine capsules are the clipped type. They consist of two parts: a head, which is shorter, and a body, which is longer. The head of the capsule fits over the body of the capsule.

To open the capsules more easily, hold the body of the capsule between the thumb and forefinger of one hand and turn the head of the capsule clockwise, holding it between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand.

If you are worried that the granules may fall out when opening the capsules, open them over a small empty glass to catch any that may fall. (It is important not to touch the granules with your fingers.)

I always spill some of the granules when I open the capsule and therefore don’t get the full dose. Is it a problem?

No, it is not a problem. The quantity of granules contained in 1 capsule is greater than the quantity necessary for the medicine to work. If you are worried that the granules may fall out when opening the capsules, open the capsule over a small empty glass to catch any granules that may fall. (It is important not to touch the granules with your fingers).

I have swallowed the whole capsule. Is it a problem?

The capsules are of pharmaceutical quality and identical to those of medicines meant to be swallowed. They are digested in the normal way, although, having been swallowed whole, the exterior capsule prevents the medicine from acting. The granules contained inside should be deposited under the tongue and should dissolve slowly to ensure maximum absorption of the active substances.

I have mixed up two capsules. Is it a problem?

It is best not to mix up capsules. If this happens, you should continue your treatment taking the next capsule. If you have taken capsule number 5 instead of capsule number 4, the next one you should take will be capsule number 6, and then continue with the following capsules respecting their numerical order.

My doctor has told me to take three capsules a day. How should I do this?

If you need to take more than one capsule a day, you should do so respecting the numerical order of the capsules. You could take the first capsule in the morning on an empty stomach, the next one 1 hour before your midday meal and the third one at 4 pm, for example. Do not take any capsules after 6 pm as this may decrease sleep in more sensitive people. The next day, start taking the fourth capsule in the morning on an empty stomach, etc. Follow the same procedure as described above with the ensuing capsules, always respecting the numerical order.

If the capsules are for different medicines, don’t forget to respect the numerical order of each of them, independently from each other. To alternate taking the medicines during the day, you can do this in the same way as in the previously described case.

I have several micro-immunotherapy treatments. How should I take them?

It is best to take micro-immunotherapy treatments well clear of meals. If you need to take several treatments of this type, take one in the morning on an empty stomach, and then the following ones a minimum of between 15-30 minutes before meals or 1 hour afterwards.

Remember that you should never take multiple micro-immunotherapy medicines in one single go.

Can I take my medicine at night?

The ingredients of micro-immunotherapy medicines - depending on their dilutions and the sensibility of the person - can sometimes cause difficulty sleeping, given that the immune system goes into a resting state at certain times. For this reason, to avoid stimulating the immune system, it is preferable not to take these medicines after 6 pm. (Except for medicines aiming to restore sleep: in this case, the granules will be taken before going to bed and at least 1 hour after the last meal.)

I have been taking the treatment for 10 days and I feel much worse. Is this normal?

When the immune system reacts to the treatment, symptoms may intensify during the first 2 weeks of treatment. If the symptoms are tolerable and allow you to keep taking the treatment, it is best to continue taking the medicines: the symptoms will gradually disappear.

If the symptoms are very severe or persistent, contact your doctor.

I am gluten intolerant. Can I take Labo’Life’s medicines?

The granules that are used in micro-immunotherapy medicines are gluten-free, which means there is no contraindication in persons with celiac disease.


More information on micro-immunotherapy, how it acts on the body and its differences from classic immunotherapy can be found here:What is micro-immunotherapy?

In this document you will find a guide explaining how to take the medicine.