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What can raise your chance of an allergic reactions to common drugs?

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You’re more likely to have a drug allergy if you:

  • Take your medicine as a shot instead of by mouth
  • Rub it onto your skin
  • Take it often

From: Common Drugs That Cause Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Drug Allergy," "Medications and Drug Allergic Reactions: Tips to Remember," "Anaphylaxis: Tips to Remember."

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

CDC:  "Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with these Vaccines?"

Medscape: "Anaphylaxis."

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

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Comparison of systemic immunologic drug reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Allergy to Anesthetic Agents." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Drug Allergy," "Medications and Drug Allergic Reactions: Tips to Remember," "Anaphylaxis: Tips to Remember."

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

CDC:  "Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with these Vaccines?"

Medscape: "Anaphylaxis."

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

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Comparison of systemic immunologic drug reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Allergy to Anesthetic Agents." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

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