For lots of people, allergy treatment is reactive. You get stuffed up, your eyes water, and then you go to the medicine cabinet for relief. But many doctors say that we’ve got it the wrong way around. Instead, we should be taking the medicine before we have symptoms. Call it allergy pretreatment.
“We always tell people to start taking medicine before the allergy season begins,” says Jonathan A. Bernstein MD, an allergist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati. “People...
Antibiotics -- penicillin, cephalosporins, or sulfonamides
Aquazide H, HydroDIURIL, and Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide)
Barbiturates and other anticonvulsants
Carbatrol, Tegretol (carbamazepine)
Contrast dyes used in X-rays and MRIs
Dilantin, Phenytek (phenytoin)
Echinacea and other alternative and herbal medicines
Pain medications that have codeine
Permitil and Prolixin (fluphenazine)
Prinivil and Zestril (lisinopril)
Thorazine or Ormazine (chlorpromazine)
If you get a rash after starting a new prescription medicine, call your doctor. You may want to take a photo of the rash with a digital camera or cellphone and send it to your doctor. The rash may be a result of a medical problem -- not the drug you're taking. Or your doctor may tell you to stop taking the drug and prescribe a different one. If you get a rash from a non-prescription medicine, stop taking it immediately. Call your doctor if you need suggestions for a different medicine.