Allergies to Antibiotics

Posted on: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 1:28am
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Ok...just had a reaction to another antibiotic...this time it was Keflex. Hives and restricted breathing after taking it for five days. Luckily, I was already taking prednisone.

So, now I am allergic to all these classes of antibiotics:
Pencillins
Ceflasphorins (Keflex)
Ethyromycins (Biaxin, Zithromax)
Quinolines

I took the ethyromycins for 25 years before I had reactions.

Anyone else has this problem...what do you take if you need an antibiotic?

Posted on: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 1:40am
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cathlina, sorry to hear about the med. group. I am allergic to amoxicillan and I thought that was bad. I can imagine the stress involved in wondering what will be safe for you. I wish you luck in finding alternatives.

Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2007 - 12:14am
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My daughter is allergic to penicillin and related illins, but as far as we know no others, but she rarely get sick I think she has had two infections ever , one ear and one strep, she is 6 years so that is pretty good.
My other child suffered a severe gut reaction to codene, apparently that is pretty rare.

Posted on: Tue, 11/13/2007 - 11:04am
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I also can not tolerate codeine...I vomit and even passed out once.

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 2:53am
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DS #2 is allergic to penicillin. At least we think he is. He broke hives in patches in different places on his body. This lasted for about a week and a half. They put him on benedryl and said he was probably allergic to the penicillin. The reaction came after 2 doses of a 5 day course. The thing that questions the allergy is that about a year after that same ds came down with a virus that had hives associated with it. He hadn't had any meds and hives cleared up with bendryl (which he took for a week). Dr questioned the previous diag of penicillin allergy stating that it could have been a viral thing. Anyway we are avoiding penicillin as there is no reliable test to check for an allergy to it and I don't really feel like experimenting with trying it again.

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