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If I am allergic to sulfa, am i also allergic to sulfate?

Sulfa vs Sulfate : "sulfa allergy" is a term used to describe adverse drug reactions to the antibiotic group sulfonamide, which include septra and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Sulfates and sulfites are commonly used as preservatives in foods. While both sulfonamides and sulfates contain a sulfur molecule, they are chemically different. Having an allergic reaction to sulfonamides is not associated with being allergic to sulfates. ...Read more

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What foods and products should be avoided by someone who is allergic to sulfa drugs?

What foods and products should be avoided by someone who is allergic to sulfa drugs?

Sulfa vs. sulfite: Sulfa drugs include antibiotics [septra, bactrim, pediazole] some water pills, sulfonylurea diabetes medicines, celebrex (celecoxib). There are no related food allergies. More information here: http://allergies.About.Com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfa_2.Htm sulfites are common preservatives in food and certain drugs. You can find more info here: http://allergies.About.Com/od/foodallergies/a/sulfites.Htm. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took topomax if I'm allergic to sulfa drugs?

What would happen if I took topomax if I'm allergic to sulfa drugs?

Probably nothing: "Approx 3% of population mounts allergic reaction to sulfonamide antibiotics,w/ the most common reaction being rash.Studies have failed to show any cross-sensitivity among the three different classes (which incl Topamax). However,patients w/ history of reacting to one class may simply be predisposed to allergic reactions to meds in general & thus monitoring may be warranted." http://bit.ly/1xUbLWt ...Read more

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Can I take SAM-e if I'm allergic to sulfa?

Can I take SAM-e if I'm allergic to sulfa?

Yes: Sulfa allergy does not extend to drugs or foods with the so-called "sulfa" structure. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to sulfa, can I take modafinil?

If i'm allergic to sulfa, can I take modafinil?

Most likely: I am unaware of any issues with Modafinil and a sulfa allergy, but you can always check with the pharmacy who should know all the medications you take and assure there are no interactions with them, etc. As some medications should not be taken with modafinil. ...Read more

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Can you use sulphur 1x if you're allergic to sulfa?

Can you use sulphur 1x if you're allergic to sulfa?

Sulfur is not sulfa: Sulfur is an element that is part of many molecules. Sulfa is a term referring to a class of drugs, mostly antibiotics. Allergy sulfa drugs doesn't mean allergy to sulfur. Sulfur is not a commonly used medicine. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to sulfa will i be allergic to codeine?

If i'm allergic to sulfa will i be allergic to codeine?

Probably not.: Sulfa allergy doesn't increase likelihood of allergy to other meds. Most reactions to Codeine not allergic but side-effects of codeine/narcotics (gi upset, constipiation, sedation, itching, hives). Codeine directly causes histamine release without the participation of allergic antibodies. Also, sulfa allergy is only to sulfa antibiotics, not other types of sulfas, e.G diurectics, diabetes meds. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to Sulfa Drugs, can I still use epsom salts?

If I am allergic to Sulfa Drugs, can I still use epsom salts?

Epsom: salts contain magnesium sulfate, which is different from the sulfonamides, which make up the composition of sulfa drugs. So there should be no problem using Epsom Salts in the presence of sulfa drug allergy. ...Read more