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Difference between allergic reaction and adverse reaction? Is there an official definition of both?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology

In brief: Very different

An allergic reaction refers to a process that normally does not occur with the administration of drug: specifically involved with histamine release and the signs and symptoms associated with histamine release such as: swelling, itching, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, etc.
Adverse reactions are usually predictable but unwanted symptoms associated with a certain medication.

In brief: Very different

An allergic reaction refers to a process that normally does not occur with the administration of drug: specifically involved with histamine release and the signs and symptoms associated with histamine release such as: swelling, itching, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, etc.
Adverse reactions are usually predictable but unwanted symptoms associated with a certain medication.
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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