Recognizing Signs of an Allergic Drug Reaction

Although drugs are meant to improve your health, they can also cause adverse reactions in some individuals. Drug allergies account for up to 15% of negative reactions and are most often the result of antibiotic medications. The symptoms of a drug allergy may take hours or even weeks to manifest after taking a drug. These symptoms include a rash or hives, swollen joints, tightness in the throat, swelling of the face, coughing, vomiting or diarrhea, and an increase in blood pressure. In cases of a severe reaction, a drug allergy can cause life-threatening anaphylaxis. If you believe you or a family member could have a drug allergy, it’s important to seek allergy testing as soon as possible to avoid a serious situation. 


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