|acute drug reaction
May 26, 2002
What are some of the symtoms of an acute drug reaction? If you are allergic to a drug, how many doses would it take before you would know? Finally has anyone ever died(that's been documented)from an acute reaction to an antiviral?
Response from Dr. Young
Acute drug reactions can take on many symptoms (depending on the drug). Many times, the reaction can be manifest with fever and generalized rash (not hives). For some drugs, there can be a component of nausea and/or vomiting.
Yes, persons have died from acute drug reactions-- these are usually acute, severe allergic reactions. Indeed, these reactions can occur to many differenct classes of medications; though there certainly have been serious reactions to some of the nucleoside and non-nucleoside inhibitors. There are also very serious reactions mediated by unexpected drug-drug reactions; where new combinations of medications are used together (this was seen, for example when protease inhibitors were coadministered with certain cholesterol lowering agents). BY
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