What are the signs of a bad reaction to medication?

Louisiana residents don't expect that they'll have a bad reaction to the medications that they are prescribed. However, unexpected, unpleasant, and potentially dangerous reactions are entirely possible. They can occur for many different reasons, ranging from previously unknown allergies to a bad or defective batch of medicine.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology lists different common drug allergy symptoms that may appear if you're having a bad reaction to a medication. It includes:

  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Hives or rashes
  • Swelling
  • Itching

These symptoms can occur with any type of medication, regardless of whether or not it's topical. Generally speaking, the more intense the allergic reaction is, the sooner the symptoms will begin to show and the more pronounced they'll be. While some allergic reactions are mild, others may require immediate medical attention, especially if they hinder your ability to breathe. Swelling can also potentially be dangerous, as it may occur in the throat area which can contribute to difficulties breathing.

It should also be noted that anaphylaxis can occur in particularly extreme cases. If this happens, more than one organ system will be affected by the allergic reaction. The potential lethality of this reaction requires immediate medical care, as it can worsen quickly and may cause you to become unable to breathe entirely.

If you suspect that you're having a bad reaction to a medication you're taking, you should stop taking the medicine immediately. Consider contacting your doctor to see what they suggest, or seek medical attention if necessary.

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