Been awhile since I've done a Talkin' Shop post, huh?!
Let's talk about allergies, today, my friends. I'm not talking the sniffles you get every fall from ragweed (I mean, really...who isn't allergic to that stuff?!), I'm talking about drug allergies.
Allergy: (Taken right from my Mac's dictionary.)
allergy |ˈalərjē|noun ( pl. -gies)a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, esp. pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.
(Pssst...Apple dictionary dudes, you left out "drugs".)
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Many people will cite an allergy to a drug if it causes them nausea and/or vomiting, particularly to narcotics. Peeps, narcotics CAN cause nausea and vomiting. It is NOT an allergy...it is a side effect or, maybe, an intolerance.
Here's the catch: If you list a drug as an allergy, it can prevent you from getting other drugs in that drug class. For example: If you say you are allergic to morphine because it makes you (and the rest of the world) barf, you are preventing yourself from getting other drugs...intrathecal morphine for your c-section and/or Tylenol #3, to name a couple.
True allergic reactions will cause hives or a rash...so, if you get hives from morphine (some people actually do) then YES you are allergic to it. If it makes you barf, consider yourself normal.
Now, how many of you need to alter your allergy list? I did when I learned of this...I had Erythromycin listed as an allergy because it causes me the most intense gut rot you'll ever experience (low and behold, 99% of the rest of the world also experience this)...but I am not allergic to it.
Just sensitive. Delicate, if you will. ;)
Now Sulfa? And the "entire body covered in hives" reaction I had? A true allergy. Hmmmm...have I ever told you that story? It's a pretty good one.
Next up...How my allergic reaction to an antibiotic nearly caused me to drop out of nursing school 3 days before graduation. (Dramatic much?)
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