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Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of these warning signs.
Drug Allergy Symptoms
An allergy means your body sees the medicine as harmful. It rejects the drug with an allergic reaction. This may be mild or strong. It can happen a few hours after you take the drug or not until 2 weeks later.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist what to expect from the new treatment. You can also find side effects listed on the printout that comes with it and inside the package.
What to Do
Call your doctor if you have any symptoms of a drug allergy. She'll probably tell you to come in for an exam or tests to see if you're allergic to the medicine.
If you are, your doctor will tell you to stop taking it right away. She may give you something to help your body fight the allergy so you feel better.
Let her know if side effects are making you ill. You may be able to take a lower dose of the drug. Or she can prescribe something to ease your trouble, like antacid to calm an upset stomach. She might switch you to a different drug.