Jun 22, 2021
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When drugs are dangerous: drug allergies

• What to do if you suspect a drug allergy?

You should consult a doctor if you find you have similar symptoms that may be associated with taking certain medications. If symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction appear, help should be provided immediately.

The doctor will ask you in detail about your symptoms, how they appeared and what helped to cope with them, and will analyze your history. If necessary, you may be offered additional tests to confirm the diagnosis of drug allergy. These can be skin tests or blood tests, rarely and only if absolutely necessary – oral provocative tests (laboratory diagnosis of drug allergies is still difficult and not always possible). If you have experienced any drug allergy reaction, testing is best done 4-6 weeks after.

It is important that all tests involving contact with a possible allergen (provocative tests) should be carried out only under the supervision of a physician in conditions where all necessary assistance can be provided if necessary. If a severe drug reaction has previously been observed (eg, anaphylaxis), provocative tests should be avoided.

Note that the diagnosis of “drug allergy” cannot be confirmed only by research results without the presence of any symptoms.

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