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How can I take care of myself when I have a drug allergy?

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Some good first steps include:

Memorize the name of the drug that you’re allergic to -- both brand names and generic. Make sure that all of your doctors, dentists, and pharmacists know about your drug allergy.

Get a medical ID bracelet or necklace with your drug allergy on it. Always wear it.

Know what to do if you have an allergic reactio . If your doctor prescribes medication for emergencies, like an EpiPen, make sure you always carry two and you know how to use it.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Drug Allergy," "Drug Reactions and Drug Allergies."

Solensky, R. Immunology, October 2010. Annals of Allergy, Asthma &

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Drug Allergies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Drug Allergy," "Drug Reactions and Drug Allergies."

Solensky, R. Immunology, October 2010. Annals of Allergy, Asthma &

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Drug Allergies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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