Did you know patients react differently to drugs?
5% to 10% of adverse events are attributable to a pharmaceutical allergy.
How Drug Allergy Treatment Can Help
Diagnostics & Testing
- If you have a history of reactions to different medications or if you have a serious reaction to a drug, an allergist or immunologist has specialized training and testing experience to diagnose the problem and help you develop a plan to protect you in the future.
- The signs and symptoms of a drug allergy can vary from patient to patient.
- It can be challenging to determine if the reaction is due to the medication or something else in many cases.
- Challenge tests are often performed to confirm a drug allergy.
- In most cases of adverse reactions, your physician can prescribe an alternative medication. For serious reactions, your doctor may provide antihistamines, corticosteroids, or epinephrine.
- When no alternative is available and the medication is essential, a desensitization procedure to the medication may be recommended. This involves gradually introducing the medication in small doses until the therapeutic dose is achieved.
Communication is Key
- Make sure your physician, dentist, and pharmacist are kept current regarding your drug allergies. This will help determine which medications should be avoided.