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...
Generic Name: AZITHROMYCIN SOLUTION - OPHTHALMIC Pronounced: (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin) Azithromycin Opht Precautions
Before using azithromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other macrolide antibiotics such as
erythromycin or clarithromycin; or to ketolide antibiotics such as
telithromycin; 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:
other eye problems
After you apply this drug, your vision may become
temporarily blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that
requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when
clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits...
Ah, summer camp. It either brings back fond memories of sing-alongs by the fire and archery lessons with new friends -- or swatting bat-sized mosquitoes and counting the days until you could go home. This summer, 10 million children will head to camp. For kids with food allergies, asthma, and other health concerns, it’s a time to foster their independence — and for parents to lurch into Worry Overdrive. The good news is, your child is not alone. In fact, according to the New York Times, between a quarter and a half of the youngsters at any given summer camp require daily prescription medications, with allergy drugs and asthma drugs topping the list. Camps have responded, with many even catering to specific health issues. The trick is finding the camp that will meet your child's emotional and medical needs. Finding the Right Fit There are growing numbers of camps catering to specific health issues, including diabetes , ADHD , and asthma . For example, Camp Wheez in Santa Mari...
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