If you have side effects that concern you or you suspect a drug allergy has occurred, be sure to contact your physician. If your symptoms are severe, seek medical help immediately. A serious anaphylactic reaction requires immediate medical attention because the results can be fatal.
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.
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.