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I'm allergic to penicillin, can I take keflex?

I'm allergic to penicillin, can I take keflex?

Maybe: Penicillins (like amoxil) & cephalosporins (like keflex) are both beta-lactam antibiotics named because of their ringed chemical structure. Allergy to penicillins is sometimes directed against this ring, and an allergic reaction may also occur if a similar antibiotic is taken. It is estimated that about 10% of penicillin-allergic patients are also allergic to cephalosporins like keflex. ...Read more

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Allergic to penicillin can I take keflex?

Likely, not certain: The majority of people who are told they are allergic to penicillin are not actually so (they get rashes for other reasons, e.g.). Of those that are allergic, about 70% or more will lose the allergy after about 10 years. If you are still allergic, there is about a 10% chance of cross-reaction to 1st-gen cephalosporins like keflex. An allergist can perform testing to judge your risk for a reaction. ...Read more

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What to do if I have strept throat, and im allergic to penicillin, can take amoxicillin or keflex instead?

What to do if I have strept throat, and im allergic to penicillin, can take amoxicillin or keflex instead?

No : Amoxicillin is within penicillin class and the risk of having a reaction is significant so it should be avoided. There is controversy about the risk of cross reaction between class of antibiotics penicillin and cephalosporin (keflex). It appears the risk is low (but not 0). If penicillin allergy was years ago, skin testing for penicillin can help know if it is still there. Allergist can help. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to penicillin is it safe to take keflex pulvales?

No: If you are truly allergic to penicillin, you should avoid all penicillin derivatives and the first generation cephalosporins. Keflex is a first gen. Cephalosporin and may cross react with penicillin. See a board certified allergist to help you determine if penicillin is a true allergy for you. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea for someone allergic to penicillin safely take keflex, a cephalosporin?

Yes: Cephalexin (keflex) is a first generation cephalosporin and a very close cousin to penicillin. Though it is not 100% true that all penicillin allergic individuals are also allergic to cephalexin, there is a high likelihood of that happening. ...Read more

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I m allergic to penicillin keflex azithromiacin my daughter has scarlet fever and i m worried about what i can take if i get it ?

I m allergic to penicillin keflex azithromiacin my daughter has scarlet fever and i m worried about what i can take if i get it ?

Don't panic: Scarlet fever is an acute febrile illness, primarily affecting children, caused by group a beta-hemolytic streptococci. Clinical manifestations include fever, sore throat, and fine sand-paper like rash caused by a toxin produced by the strep. Although penicillins are antibiotics of choice, there are other antibiotics that are effective. Your doctor will know. A throat culture is helpful. ...Read more

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I am allergic to keflex & penicillin. Is neosporin still ok to use on my skin?

Neosporin: People have a tendency to assume that neosporin does not cause side effects because it is a widely available and frequently used nonprescription product. However, this is simply not the case. In fact, many healthcare providers now recommend that people avoid products with neomycin (including neosporin), as neomycin is more likely than most other antibiotics to cause allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Was recently dx'd with lupus & am allergic to Keflex. Heard that lupus patients tend to have strong reactions to penicillin, should I avoid penicilin?

Was recently dx'd with lupus & am allergic to Keflex. Heard that lupus patients tend to have strong reactions to penicillin, should I avoid penicilin?

Avoid penicillin: I am not aware of the connection between allergy to PCN and lupus, You need to avoid PCN if you are allergic to keflex. ...Read more

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I got allergy from penicillin 45 yrs ago when I was 8 yrs, since then I have not used it. Now due to UTI I am given keflex. Shd I take it. Advice plz?

I got allergy from penicillin  45 yrs ago when I was 8 yrs, since then I have not used it. Now due to UTI I am given keflex. Shd I take it. Advice plz?

Usually okay.: We were taught for years that there is about a 10% risk of being allergic to cephalosporins (like Keflex) in people who were allergic to drugs in the penicillin family. Later research has said that is a myth, and there is less than a 1% risk depending on the type of cephalosporin. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742459. Talk to your doctor about your fears, though. ...Read more

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I have a severe allergy to shell fish. My doc just prescribed keflex, because I am allergic to penicillin, too. I took a benadryl, ?

I have a severe allergy to shell fish.  My doc just prescribed keflex, because I am allergic to penicillin, too.   I took a benadryl, ?

See detail: Being allergic to shellfish and being allergic to antibiotics are two different things. They are not related. However, as the other doctor indicated, patients that are allergic to penicillin should not (in general) take keflex. Your shellfish allergy needs to be taken seriously and not only should you strictly avoid shellfish, you should carry injectable Epinephrine in case you have exposure. ...Read more

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