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Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride is an ocular anti-bacterial which is a ...Read more


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Need expert help. Can someone allergic to penicillin or sulfa take cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

I would not expect: To see cross-sensitivity between ciprofloxacin (a flouroquinolone) and either a penicillin or a sulfa drug. All 3 are chemically different. While a person could be allergic to all three, it would typically be considered three different allergies, not a single allergy related to all three medications. ...Read more

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I am allergic to sulfa. I was put on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a uti/ am I possibly allergic to both?

I am allergic to sulfa. I was put on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a uti/ am I possibly allergic to both?

Possible, Not common: Most people only have one drug (medication) allergy. Yet, its certainly possible to be allergic to two totally unrelated medications. An allergy in this regard does not mean that the medication 'does not agree with you' but that you have an immune response, which could be dangerous, to the antibiotic. See an allergist for testing if you have had serious reactions to antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am alergic to penicillan, sulfa and cipro (ciprofloxacin). I have used microbid so much it doesn't work now. What can I take for u.T.I.'s?

I am alergic to penicillan, sulfa and cipro (ciprofloxacin). I have used microbid so much it doesn't work now. What can I take for u.T.I.'s?

UTI: Getting a culture and sensitivity might help to choose either a tetracycline derivative or azithromycin, or others depending upon the results. If necessary it may be necessary to undergo desensitization but only if the infection is upper tract. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm on a zpak for upper mid. Ear infection will this also cure a UTI if it is present? I'm allergic to pen. Sulfa, cipro (ciprofloxacin)...

I'm on a zpak for upper mid. Ear infection will this also cure a UTI if it is present? I'm allergic to pen. Sulfa, cipro (ciprofloxacin)...

Might be effective: Depends upon organism causing possible UTI. Best to get a urinalysis with urine culture if UA is positive. That will provide answer. There are still other antibiotics which can be used if necessary. Zithromax is not usually prescribed for a UTI & may well be ineffective. ...Read more

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Does Neurontin (gabapentin) contain sulfa?

Does Neurontin (gabapentin) contain sulfa?

No: I prescribe Gabapentin frequently and have never been concerned with whether or not my patients are allergic to sulfa when I prescribe it. Most patients tolerate Gabapentin very well. I've never had a patient who developed an allergy to it, though some people might not like it for one reason or another. ...Read more

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Does Pepcid (famotidine) or tagament contain sulfa? Already took a few pepcids (famotidine) but gave me horrible anxiety attacks. Was wondering if either had sulfa in them.

Does Pepcid (famotidine) or tagament contain sulfa? Already took a few pepcids (famotidine) but gave me horrible anxiety attacks. Was wondering if either had sulfa in them.

No: Sulfa is an antibiotic but sulfate is an agent (salt) bound to many medications and has not been known to cause any adverse reactions. It is unusual for Tagamet or Pepcid (famotidine) to cause an anxiety reaction. My best guess is that the intake of these drugs might have slowed down the breakdown of caffeine leading to a higher blood level and thus the anxiety. But then it may just be the drugs themselves. ...Read more

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Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contain sulfa?

Does polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contain sulfa?

Sulfates not sulfa: Polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) contains sulfates. A patient history of allergic reaction to sulfa drugs should not exclude polytrim (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) as a treatment. There seems to be no correlation between trimethoprim sulfate and sulfa sensitivity. However, one can be allergic to anything. Check with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sulfa allergy?

How do I know if I have a sulfa allergy?

Side effects: Allergy testing by specialist is safest, otherwise, you have to experience rash or anaphylaxis or side effects after taking such a med or it's components. Best to avoid if not sure. You must always weigh risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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If one has a sulfa allergy and what would be the medicines to treat this?

If one has a sulfa allergy and what would be the medicines to treat this?

There are none: If you are truly allergic to sulfa you must avoid all forms of the drug whether it be in eye drops, pills or IV meds. There is no med to cancel out the allergy and true allergy could lead to life threatening consequences if exposed. It would be wise to invest in a medical alert bracelet to make sure people are aware if you cannot communicate. ...Read more

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I have a sulfa allergy. Is if safe to take levaquin?

Yes: There's no relationship between sulfa allergy and being allergic to the class of drugs levaquin is in (floroquinilones). Take as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sulfa allergy. Are there any vitamins I should avoid?

I have a sulfa allergy. Are there any vitamins I should avoid?

Check the labels: Also only use high quality pharmaceutical grade supplements and neutraceuticals, as the cheap stuff is from asian countries that don't have FDA oversight. Also, note that celebrex (celecoxib) has a sulfa molecule component and there is cross allergenicity between it and all other sulfa agents that produce allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Drinking vodka and other drinks with sulfa allergy, is this okay?

Drinking vodka and other drinks with sulfa allergy, is this okay?

I don't believe: That vodka contains sulfites - but lots of other types of alcohol do. This could make you ill. ...Read more

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I have taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) many times w/out incident. Am I at risk for stevens johnson each time I take it or only if I have sulfa allergy?

I have taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) many times w/out incident. Am I at risk for stevens johnson each time I take it or only if I have sulfa allergy?

Each time: Everyone is at risk of having sjs from sulfa drugs and other drugs carry that risk too. These reactions are idiosyncratic and are not predictable. ...Read more

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Using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy. What are some alternatives?

Using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy. What are some alternatives?

Sulfa, cosopt: Depending on what your target range of pressure is, you could try timolol, alphagan, xalatan, (latanoprost) lumigan, travatan, xioptan, or combigan. Pilocarpine is also available but not nearly as convenient to use. Then there is laser treatment too. Incisional surgery for glaucoma would be for people whose eye pressure is suboptimally controlled despite maximal tolerated medical &/or laser treatment. ...Read more

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I'm using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy, anything to worry about?

I'm using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy, anything to worry about?

Unlikely: Studies have shown that having a sulfa structure in a drug rarely causes problem in people with a true sulfa allergy. ...Read more

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I have sulfa allergy. I have itching, burning rashes all over my body. Can I take one Claritin (24 hr) in the morning and two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night?

I have sulfa allergy. I have itching, burning rashes all over my body. Can I take one Claritin (24 hr) in the morning and two Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night?

Allergic rash: You can take 4 10mg Claritin (loratadine) a day for chronic hives. Be sure it is Claritin (loratadine) plain without decongestant. Avoid Sulfite-containing foods like wine, dried fruits, radishes, potatoes, shrimp ...Read more