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Dr. Scott Williamson Dr. Williamson
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is there a difference between sulfa and sulfur medications?

Is there a difference between sulfa and sulfur medications?

Yes: Many people have taken "sulfa" drugs (usually an antibiotic) and have had allergic reactions to them (usually hives). This does not mean they are allergic to all medications containing the element "sulfur." for example, you may be allergic to sulfamethoxazole (an antibiotic) but not to hydrochlorothiazide (a sulfur containing high blood pressure medication). ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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I really need to know if i'm allergic to sulfa drugs so I can use a prescription facial cleanser with sulphur?

I really need to know if i'm allergic to sulfa drugs so  I can use a prescription facial cleanser with sulphur?

See your Doctor: If one suspects a drug allergy then see pcp or allergists to review the drug in question and the reaction that occurred. If the clinical history suggests a potential drug allergy then skin testing may be performed to conform this. Occasionally, an oral challenge may be done as well. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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If I have Allergy to Sulfa can take something that has MSM Sulfur in it?

If I have Allergy to Sulfa can take something that has MSM Sulfur in it?

Pharmacist: I have heard mixed recommendations about this and more often there is felt to be no problem as the sulphur in msm is not a sulfonamide. Your pharmacist is best qualified to answer this question for you. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Does wine have sulfur / sulfa in it?

Some do: Many wines from all over the world contain sulfates, which are sulfur-containing molecules. Thsi is not the same as the drug 'sulfa.'. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way.

I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way.

Sulfur allergy: I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way. ANS: not certain what the question is here. It is unlikely that allergy to sulfur containing meds is the same as sulfur in water. But check with the local health and water authorities for more information. Let us know what you learn. ...Read more

Dr. Mehmet Basaran Dr. Basaran
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
34 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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I'm allergic to sulfa. Does this mean i cannot have something that contains sulfer dioxide?

I'm allergic to sulfa. Does this mean i cannot have something that contains sulfer dioxide?

They are not related: By sulfa I am assuming you mean an antibiotic. This is not related to sulfates or to sulfur. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Wasserman Dr. Wasserman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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

Dr. Karen Dantin Dr. Dantin
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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Dr. Francine Yep Dr. Yep
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Jeffrey Unger Dr. Unger
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can i take tussionex if i'm allergic to sulfa drugs?

Yes: There is no contrainfication to take it, the medications do not corss react. ...Read more

Dr. Paxton Daniel Dr. Daniel
Radiology
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Is barium sulfate a sulfa drug ?

Is barium sulfate a sulfa drug ?

No: There does not appear to be any reason for people with sulfa or sulfite allergies to avoid medications that contain a sulfate salt such as barium sulfate. Here is the web page: http://allergies.About.Com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfahub.Htm. ...Read more

Dr. Shawn Dalton-bethea Dr. Dalton-bethea
Pain Management
16 years in practice
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
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If I am allergi to sulfa drugs and can take imitrex (sumatriptan) can I take codiene?

If I am allergi to sulfa drugs and can take imitrex (sumatriptan) can I take codiene?

Sulfa & Codeine: Hello. You shouldn't have problems with taking codeine just because you have an allergy to sulfa. If you take a dose of codeine BY ITSELF and experience an allergic reaction, it would be unrelated to sulfa. As for codeine and opioids in general, they aren't recommended to be used long term for migraines pain mgmt. This class of meds carries long term side effects which you will want to avoid. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Mitchell Cohn Dr. Cohn
Pain Management
31 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

Is there a black box warning re: taking sulfa drugs with Paxil (paroxetine) cr?

No black box warning: No "black box warning" about sulfa drugs with paxil (paroxetine). It can inhibit many of the liver isoenzymes that metabolize other drugs, but there isn't a problem with sulfa drugs. ...Read more