Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Allergies Health Center

Font Size
A
A
A

Drug Allergy: What to Tell Your Doctor

Diagnosing a drug allergy can be hard, especially if the symptoms are already fading. Your doctor will need your help in figuring out what caused your reaction. He'll need to find out if it's a true allergy, a reaction to a different drug, or something not even related to a drug.

Here are eight questions to ask yourself. Write down the answers -- or have a friend or family member do it for you -- and bring them to your doctor's office.

Recommended Related to Allergies

Fall Allergies and Sinusitis

Autumn has arrived, and you don’t feel so good. You can’t stop sneezing and sniffling. The return of cool weather leaves you feeling not invigorated but miserable. What’s going on? You may be suffering from pollen allergy, a.k.a. allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Thirty million Americans do, and symptoms typically flare in fall. Like all allergies, hay fever stems from a glitch in the immune system. Instead of attacking harmful foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, it tries to neutralize...

Read the Fall Allergies and Sinusitis article > >

  1. What medicines did you take before the reaction? What was the dose?
  2. What symptoms did you have?
  3. How quickly did the symptoms start after you took the drug?
  4. Did the symptoms change or fade over time?
  5. Did you do anything to ease the symptoms? If so, what? Did it help?
  6. Have you had any drug allergies before? If so, to what?
  7. Do you have other allergies, such as nasal allergies to pollen or mold?
  8. Do you have any medical conditions?

In addition to your answers, bring a list of the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you use. Even better, put all the bottles in a bag and take them with you so your doctor can see them.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on October 22, 2012

Today on WebMD

epinephrine at school
Article
Woman sneezing with tissue in meadow
Slideshow
 
Woman wth tissue
Slideshow
thumbnail_florist_wearing_surgical_mask
Slideshow
 

woman sneezing
Slideshow
Bottle of allergy capsules and daisies
Article
 
Urban blossoms
Slideshow
Woman blowing nose
Slideshow
 

Woman with itchy watery eyes
Slideshow
Yawning Dog
Slideshow
 
Man sneezing into tissue
Tools
woman with duster crinkling nose
Quiz