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Drug Allergy: Reduce Exposure

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This information was reviewed and approved by Christine B. Cho, MD (12/1/2016).

How Can I Prevent Medication/Drug Reactions?

Once a diagnosis is made, avoidance of the implicated medication is discussed, and the treatment of accidental exposures is thoroughly reviewed.

Here are a few tips to help prevent an allergic reaction to drugs:

  • Memorize trade and generic names of the medications that cause a reaction, and check labeling on products you buy.

  • Make sure you tell all caregivers about your allergy.

  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace describing your allergy, just in case you ever need emergency care.

  • If your doctor prescribes an epinephrine shot in case of an anaphylactic reaction, remember to carry it with you.

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