Drug allergies are be extremely dangerous conditions that, while rare, can take the lives of patients. The symptoms of these adverse responses to a medication can range from mild (rashes) to severe (anaphylaxis). While it is your responsibility to provide your physician with accurate information regarding your past history of drug reactions, it is the doctor’s duty to treat you with medicines that do not contain any ingredient that has reacted poorly with your body in the past.
Why Do I Have a Drug Allergy?
Broadly speaking, drug allergies are the result of an overactive immune system. When the body sees the ingested drug as an unwanted invasion (much like a virus or bacteria), it sends out antibodies to combat this intruder. The presence of these antibodies and the chemicals they incite the body to release cause the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Some of the most common drug allergies include the following:
- Antibiotics such as penicillin or sulfa
- Painkillers like ibuprofen or morphine
- Antiseizure medications
Typically, the more an individual is exposed to a drug, the more likely he or she is to develop an allergy. Those who are already predisposed to the development of allergies (if one’s mom or dad develops allergies easily) are also more likely to experience drug allergies.
Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction, from mildest to most severe, are the following:
- Rashes or hives
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Kidney inflammation
If you have experienced any of the above reactions shortly after taking a medication, then you may have an allergy to that particular drug and should seek immediate medical care.
If you would like to learn more about drug allergies and the dangers they pose, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733.