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Doctor insights on: Sulbactam And Sulfa Allergy

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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.

Dr. John Chiu
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.