• Question: Is it possible to be allergic to a medicine and if here is someone who is allergic to medicine how can they get cured?

    Asked by anon-249610 to Robyn on 12 Mar 2020.
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      Robyn Kiy answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      Great question! Yes, it is possible to be allergic to a medicine! One example of an allergy to medicine that is not particularly rare is being allergic to penicillin (an antibiotic). Luckily, nowadays being allergic to a medicine is not usually too much of a problem, as many diseases have several different treatment options. For example, if someone has a bacterial infection and is allergic to penicillin, they may be treated with a different antibiotic.

      Allergic reactions to medicine can vary in severity. Often there will only be minor symptoms, such as a rash. In other cases, the allergic reaction may be more severe and the patient may need to be treated with other medicines in order to feel better. Usually, allergic reactions to medicines can be stopped by discontinuing treatment with the medicine causing the allergy.