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Overview

As with other allergic reactions, these symptoms can occur when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized to a substance in the medication, perceives it as a foreign invader and releases chemicals to defend against it.

People with drug allergies may experience symptoms regardless of whether their medicine comes in liquid, pill or injectable form. If you feel confused about your symptoms and which medications are safe for you to take then it’s time to take control and see an allergist.

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Symptoms

  • Skin rash or hives

  • Itching

  • Wheezing or other breathing problems

  • Swelling

  • Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening reaction that can simultaneously affect two or more organ systems (for example, when there is both a rash and difficulty breathing)

Triggers

  • Penicillin and related antibiotics

  • Antibiotics containing sulfonamides (sulfa drugs)

  • Anticonvulsants

  • Aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory

    drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Chemotherapy drugs

Management & Treatment

If you have a drug allergy:

  • Make sure all your doctors are aware of your allergy and the symptoms you experienced.
  • Ask about related drugs that you should avoid.
  • Ask about alternatives to the drug that caused your allergic reaction.
  • Wear an emergency medical alert bracelet or necklace that identifies your allergy.
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Let our trained allergy providers help you and your family. Set an appointment with us today!

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