Not everyone is allergic to medications, but a report by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology shows that 10% of the world’s population does suffer from adverse drug reactions, and these drug allergies are unique for each individual.
The most common drug allergies involve penicillin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and anti-seizure medications. In other instances the allergic reaction may not be triggered by the drug itself, but by the materials used for packaging. Latex, for example, is one of the common triggers that doctors relate to adverse drug reactions.
Drug allergy is something that patients should take very seriously, as some medications may cause severe allergic reactions which may even be fatal. An estimated 400 deaths occur every year due to life-threatening symptoms of drug allergies. While there’s no definite way to prevent drug allergy, you can still take extra measures to avoid the risks. Here are a few things you need to remember before taking any medication:
List Current and Past Medications
Keep track of the medications prescribed by your doctor. Make a special note on drugs that might have caused you to feel a little “off” or different from normal. Share this list with your doctor to determine if there are other alternatives to your current prescription.
Consult an Immunologist
If you’ve suffered from a serious drug reaction, consult an immunologist immediately. Immunologists, also called allergists, may be able to offer an alternative treatment plan to your current medication. They may also perform allergy testing to determine what specifically you are allergic to, if you are not sure.
Develop an Emergency Care Plan
If you’re prone to serious allergic reactions, be sure to have an emergency care plan—this will serve as a guide for immediate treatment in case your allergy is triggered. Consult your doctor to determine what to include in your emergency care plan.
It may sound like a cliché, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. As your friendly compounding pharmacy, we tell patients to be cautious when taking their medication. For more information, contact Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy today.