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

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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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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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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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?

Avoid sulfa: Current treatment for medication allergies including sulfa is avoiding that class of medication and use a suitable alternative. If a person is experiencing an allergic reaction to sulfa, stopping the medicine and treatment may include antihistamines, steroids and if potentially even epineprhine if severe. ...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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Is it safe to use cosopt eye drops for glaucoma if I have a sulfa allergy?

Is it safe to use cosopt eye drops for glaucoma if I have a sulfa allergy?

See below: Cosopt is two eye drop medications in one. One of the two is a sulfa drug. If you have a true allergy to sulfa it may not be a good choice. You must consult your eye care professional first however before making any treatment decisions on your own. ...Read more

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Can someone with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) sulfa allergy take doxycycline?

Can someone with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) sulfa allergy take doxycycline?

Yes: There should be no interaction between sulfa or an allergy to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (which contains a sulfa antibiotic - sulfamethoxazole and another component, trimethoprim) and doxycycline. ...Read more

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Sulfa allergy so what antibiotics can I take?

Sulfa allergy so what antibiotics can I take?

What infection: Really depends the type infection/bacteria and location. Different kind of penicillins are usually a good replacemt except in mrsa. ...Read more

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I have a sulfa allergy and typically have a bad reaction anytime I use any antibiotic ointment. What would be the best for a slightly infected i?

Eye antibiotics: Other than sulfa, antibiotics for eye infection include erythromycin eye ointment and tobramycin eye drops. There should be no cross reaction with your sulfa allergy. ...Read more

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What is the fastest treatment for skin rash resulted from sulfa allergy?

What is the fastest treatment for skin rash resulted from sulfa allergy?

Steroids maybe: Any drug induced rash could develop into something much worse, especially if the drug is continued. 1st step is to stop the drug asap. Sulfa is notorious for being a possible cause of a serious drug rash called stevens johnson syndrome. Call your doctor to get checked for this. Eye problems and serious burn-like rashes are possible. Steroids may be needed. ...Read more

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My daughter was put on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) last night for a bladder infection. She has sulfa allergy. Is it ok?

My daughter was put on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) last night for a bladder infection. She has sulfa allergy. Is it ok?

Absolutely NOT!!!!: Do not give your daughter bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) which is a sulfonamide (sulfa) and could, if she is truly allergic, produce a life-threatening reaction. If she has already taken it and has no reactions, might continue, but if any reactions stop and see the dr. Who prescribed this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mucomyst allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Mucomyst allergy?

Tricky question: As with any allergy, something in the product acts as an "allergen" that you body recognizes are begins the reaction. This reaction varies depending on the severity of the allergy. Sometimes the allergy is not to the drug itself but other thing that are added to the drug like preservatives, volume extenders, colors and flavoring agents. This pretty much goes fro any drug allergy. ...Read more

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Sulfa and quinolone allergy. Can trimephoprim ONLY be used to treat prostatitis? Otherwise, what can I take instead?

Sulfa and quinolone allergy. Can trimephoprim ONLY be used to treat prostatitis? Otherwise, what can I take instead?

Here are some...: To deduce right diagnosis is still the first job to complete so to decide if you indeed have suffered from prostatitis or just from dysfunction of bladder neck and prostate urethra. Second, decide if you need antibiotics or abpha-blocker + behavioral modification, etc. If prostatitis is sure, trimethoprim may be tried and used with care and watch. More? Seek evaluation and counseling. ...Read more

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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

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My mom said I was allergic to sulfa drugs as a child, so could I have outgrown this allergy 20 years later?

My mom said I was allergic to sulfa drugs as a child, so could I have outgrown this allergy 20 years later?

Hard to say: True sulfa allergy can trigger a life threatening response and persist for a lifetime. Sometimes the label is applied in childhood when an unrelated skin rash or symptom occurs & is not a valid diagnosis. I would not randomly try a sulfa drug. You could have specific testing to confirm the diagnosis. It may not be worth your effort, since so many other new meds are available to treat you when needed ...Read more

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If i'd have an allergy to a sulfa antibiotic would I know that from the first pill? Or can it happen even after a few days?

Depends: If you were exposed to sulpha before, an allergic reaction can be seen after the first pill, if not it might take few doses to appear, at any rate, if in doubt, take your first pill in the doctor's office and wait for an hour, or take the first pill in any hospital er waiting room and wait for an hour, in either place if an allergy reaction occurs, you're in the very place you want to be. ...Read more

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Can you take bactroban (mupirocin) if you have a sulfa drug allergy?

Can you take bactroban (mupirocin) if you have a sulfa drug allergy?

Yes: Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical medication for treating skin infections. If you have an allergy to sulfa antibiotics, you should not have a problem with bactroban (mupirocin) which is not absorbed into your system and should not cause an allergic reaction in those with a sulfa antibiotic (which is absorbed). ...Read more

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