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Medical History for Drug Allergies

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Your doctor will ask questions about your past health, your symptoms, and the medicines you take or have taken recently. This is important for finding out whether you have a drug allergy and finding which medicine is causing the allergic reaction.

Your doctor will ask about:

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  • All medicines you have recently taken, including over-the-counter medicines. How much did you take and for how long?
  • The type of allergic reaction you had. If you had a skin rash, what did it look like? What other symptoms did you have?
  • When the allergic reaction happened.
  • How long it took for the reaction to stop.
  • Current or recent viral infections, such as having a cold or the flu.
  • A previous reaction to a medicine.
  • A family history of drug allergies or other harmful (adverse) drug reactions, such as side effects.
  • Any long-lasting diseases you may have, such as asthma or diabetes.
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Last Updated: June 30, 2011
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