Allergic to Medication? Here’s What You Need to Know

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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.

2 Responses to “Allergic to Medication? Here’s What You Need to Know”

  1. Dolores Brown on 24 Feb 2015 at 11:31 am

    I think that pharmacists can help when you are struggling with medication allergies. They know pretty much everything about medication and how some of them work badly together or how they can work well together. It would be a good idea to keep a list of the things you take so if you ever need to you can take it to pharmacist to give you advice.

  2. Ben Jolley on 04 Mar 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Pharmacists can certainly help you with medication allergies. We can help to adjust your drug regimen to avoid allergies, or we can compound a substitute that may help reduce your allergic response to a drug.

    We also offer a service to help to formulate a list of everything you take and review it with a pharmacist, called a Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR), that may even be paid for by your insurance company!

    Feel free to ask one of our pharmacists about these services if and when you have medication allergies.

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