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 EXTENDED-RELEASE SUSPENSION -
ORAL Pronounced: (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin) Azithromycin Oral Precautions
Before taking azithromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics (such as erythromycin,
clarithromycin, 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:
a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis)
Azithromycin may cause a condition that affects the heart
rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious
(rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe
dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT
What Is Cockroach Allergy?
When most people think of allergy "triggers," they often focus
on plant pollens, dust, animals and stinging insects. In fact,
cockroaches also can trigger allergies and asthma.
Cockroach allergy was first reported in 1943, when skin rashes
appeared immediately after the insects crawled over patients' skin.
Skin tests first confirmed patients had cockroach allergy in
In the 1970s, studies made it clear that patients with cockroach
allergies develop acute asthma attacks. The attacks occur after
inhaling cockroach allergens and last for hours. Asthma has
steadily increased over the past 30 years. It is the most common
chronic disease of childhood. Now we know that the frequent
hospital admissions of inner-city children with asthma often is
directly related to their contact with cockroach allergensthe
substances that cause allergies. From 23 percent to 60 percent of
urban residents with asthma are sensitive to the cockroach
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