Has anyone developed allergy to pain meds?

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Becky77
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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken pain meds...quite a bit over the years. I don't like to be in pain, and if there's a fix, I use it. Not to say that I abuse meds though...but anyway...

I had a horrible headache over the weekend, and when I took percocet, I itched all over. It wasn't the first time I've taken it, and I was wondering if it was a fluke, then I took darvocet the next day, and again, the itching. It was like all the sudden I had dry itchy skin EVERYWHERE. I didn't have hives, just the annoying itch you can't scratch.

Can you develop an allergy to meds over time? I know usually people take a medicine for the first time and react, but are you just as likely to develop an allergy when you've taken a medicine so many times before?
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


dunny2
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   Posted 6/15/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you can develop allergies over time. It took awhile before I reacted to Remicade and C/T dye, and I was told
the allergic reaction can get worse each time you're exposed.
I would check with your doctor to find out if this indeed an allergic reaction.
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MAG102886
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I only get itchy if I'm on IV pain meds, or on very high doses of oral meds.
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Becky77
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
MAG, do you still take them, and just get benadryl or something also?

I'm wondering if I should take them again if I need to, along with benadryl, or if I should just avoid them altogether because the reaction could get worse. Maybe I should call my dr.
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


Becoming undone
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
just a note...in the case of opiates...itching doesn't always indicate an allergy...it is actually due to the mechanism of the medication...it was well explained here...
answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061219153709AARu6SQ
People also have a tendency to rub their noses with morphine...I know that I do...
And I found another one too...a journal article if you are interested...
www.bmj.com/cgi/pdf_extract/284/6321/1015
Though, it could still be an allergy... nono idea
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Post Edited (Becoming undone) : 6/17/2010 10:49:28 PM (GMT-6)


beave
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Like Becoming Undone posted, opiate meds can make you itchy and it's not necessarily an allergy.

Vicodin makes me itchy, but it hasn't gotten worse over time.

If you start to develop hives or other symptoms of allergic reaction, it's cause for concern. But itchiness is pretty common with these meds.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 6/17/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I am allergic to Morphine however I am ok to use dilaudid
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isergodur
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   Posted 6/17/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I am allergic to tramadol :(
Witch is a shame because it works so well for me.

It was ok at first but after about 3 months on it I started to itch all over.
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mtgman
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   Posted 6/17/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
it hasn't happened to me in a while but percocets made me itch like crazy for a while.
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


Becky77
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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
The reason I tend to think it is a developing allergy is because I've taken both medicines quite a bit over the years and I've never had this reaction with them until recently, but maybe it is just a reaction, not an allergy...I guess only time will tell.

I'll continue taking them if I need to, and taking benadryl to counteract the itching and just watch for hives.

I may call my pulmonologist and request tramadol anyway because I know it works well for me without making me sleepy or drugged feeling...thanks for mentioning it, and sorry you can't take it anymore Iser. It's unfortunate when you find something that works but can't take it.

Thank you all for your replies!
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!


mtgman
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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
tramadol- i think that's what they gave me in the er a couple of times for kidney stones along with percocets...if it is be careful- it's just a massive dose of ibuprophen from what i was told- messed up my stomach pretty good. or maybe it was toradol or something similar.
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


Nanners
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
mtgman it was probably Toradol. I have the exact same reaction to it.
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pimfram
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
A histamine reaction to opiates is pretty common. Take a Benadryl or two and you should be okay.
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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Tramadol and co-proxamol skull Bev x
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mtgman
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   Posted 6/18/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
toradol- yup that's it...messed me up good i think- started bleeding again soon after. so much for being a nice guy and turning down the morphine so my wife wouldn't have to come pick me up from the er at 3 am...haha.
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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