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...
The medicine that we take to control our diabetes is wonderful, but like any medicine it comes with a whole bunch of problems. I’ve written about some of these problems here, like drug interactions in “Worst Pills?” and weight gain in “Our Double Bind”.
Especially serious, however, is when you are allergic to the medicine that your doctor prescribes. These allergic reactions can be life threatening.
Most disturbing is when you rely on insulin, and it turns against you. It doesn’t matter whether you use human insulin or an analog (pork and beef insulins aren’t available in the U.S. any more). You might experience either immediate or delayed allergic reactions from these insulins.
The full prescribing information for several insulins, including Lantus, Levemir, Humalog and Humulin, all warn about allergic reactions. They say that these reactions are rare.
What happened to a correspondent named Jim is the exception that proves the rule. “Unfortunately, there are people who are alle...
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