I've been asked a multitude of questions about drug allergies over the past 20 years. Most people do not get through life without having a side effect from a prescription drug or over the counter (OTC) medication. Adverse drug reactions occur when a medication causes a symptom or abnormal body function that is unintentional and potentially harmful. There are many types of adverse drug reactions but they are often classified as either allergic or non-allergic.
Allergic reactions to drugs are the result of the immune system responding to the medication as if it were a foreign invader (or germ). Symptoms and signs of drug allergy include: itching, rash, swelling, hives, wheezing, dizziness, fainting and fever or anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction). But these are not the only possible signs/symptoms of allergic drug reactions. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately many of the above signs/symptoms may also occur in...
Have you been having reactions to your prescribed medications and you can't figure out why? Do you have food allergies to any of the most common 8 allergens as outlined by the FDA : Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews and walnuts), fish (such as bass, cod and flounder), shellfish (such as crab, lobster and shrimp), soy and wheat? If the answer is yes to either of the above, there just may be a connection between your allergies to medications and your food allergies that you and your health care provider have overlooked. Did you know that very often the filler in pills and capsules is milk or wheat based? Or that pills even have filler ingredients such as sugar, wheat and milk? A recent issue of the journal Orthopedics has an article titled "Implication of Food Allergies and Intolerances on Medication Administration." Did you know: "Propofol (Diprivan; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, Delaware) is a...
Allergic reactions happen when your body is sensitive to a specific substance. The reaction can happen when you swallow or inhale the substance or when it is applied to your skin or injected or transfused through an IV into your body.
Allergic reactions can take many forms.
Mild allergic reactions include:
runny or stuffy nose
watery, itchy, red eyes
Moderate or severe allergic reactions include:
swelling of the face, eyes, or tongue
wheezing or difficulty breathing
nausea and/or vomiting
passing out/becoming unconsciousness
Severe allergic reactions are known as anaphylaxis.
Any breast cancer medication can cause an allergic reaction:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
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