Most Common Drugs That Cause Allergies
Any drug can trigger an allergic reaction. That said, some are more likely to cause allergy-related problems than others.
Antibiotics -- amoxicillin, ampicillin, penicillin, tetracycline, and others Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- Advil, Motrin, Nuprin (ibuprofen); Aleve, Anaprox (naproxen); and others Aspirin Sulfa drugs Chemotherapy drugs Monoclonal antibody therapy -- Erbitux (cetuximab), Rituxan (rituximab), and others HIV drugs -- Viramune (nevirapine), Ziagen (abacavir), and others Insulin Antiseizure drugs -- Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol (carbamazepine); Lamictal (lamotrigine); Dilantin, Di-Phen, Phenytek (phenytoin); and others Muscle relaxers given intravenously -- Anectine (succinylcholine), Norcuron (vecuronium), Tracrium (atracurium)
How you take a drug plays a part, too. Here are four things that increase your odds of having a drug allergy:
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Tips to Manage Allergies While Traveling
Try these tips for allergy relief when you’re on vacation or traveling on
Travel Insurance: Check pollen counts at your destination. Pack your
own hypoallergenic pillow cover and allergy medicine in a carry-on bag.
No Venting: On road trips, keep the air vent closed. You'll breathe
recirculated air, not pollen or pollution.
Smart Car: Take a vacuum to your car. Pollen and dust mites can
easily cling to clothing, bringing more allergens into your home.
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Getting the drug by injection instead of by mouth Using drugs that you rub directly on the skin Taking the drug often
Many drugs can cause reactions that aren’t true allergies, even though they can range from mild side effects to dangerous symptoms. Some drugs that commonly cause non-allergic symptoms include:
Heart disease medications called ACE inhibitors (Capoten, Lotensin, Monopril, Vasotec, Zestril and others) Contrast dyes for X-rays and CT scans Some chemotherapy drugs