Read Kathi's previous post on Anaphylaxis Medications are given to us to help ease symptoms or battle a health condition. They are meant to be helpful, not harmful. However, any time you place a foreign substance into your body, you run the risk of triggering negative consequences, along with the positive ones. In most cases, these negative effects take the form of mild, bothersome, but ultimately short-term, side effects. For instance, a common side effect of taking antibiotics is stomach upset and/or diarrhea. A common side effect of taking pain medicine is constipation. But some side effects can be more harmful and longer lasting. For instance, a common side effect of taking a type of arthritis medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (or NSAID for short) is severe stomach irritation, including ulcers of the digestive tract. In these cases, doctors and patients must weigh the benefits of the medicine versus the risks, or side effects. In...
Generic Name: HYDROCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOE-done/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen Oral Precautions
See also Warning section.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other narcotics (such as morphine,
codeine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive
ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your
pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor,
breathing problems (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD)
mental/mood disorders (such as confusion,
personal or family history of regular use/abuse of
stomach/intestinal problems (such as ...
Penicillin allergy represents the most common drug allergy in the United States. Somewhere between one and 10 percent of people avoid penicillin because of a history of reacting to it. But did you know 80-90 percent of the time it may not be a true penicillin allergy? Yes, many people are labeled “penicillin allergic” but, in fact, are not allergic to this class of drug. Why is this?
Drug reactions are documented, in most cases, purely by the report of a patient having an adverse response to a medication. When someone experiences a rash, itching, upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling, dizziness, lightheadedness, throat symptoms or shortness of breath while taking a medication, drug allergy is appropriately considered. Unfortunately, all it takes is the consideration for health providers to make the claim of drug allergy.
True drug allergies are mediated by an antibody that we all have, and is referred to as IgE . When our bodies gener...
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