New here wanted to say hi and ask if anybody else has multiple drug allergies

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Staceymommy
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was dx in Aug 2001 but started having multiple health problems when I was in highschool in 1995. Before 1999 I was not allergic to any meds. Now I am allergic to Morphine, Hydrocodone, oxycodone, Sulfa, Amoxicillin, and penicillin. Has anybody else come a crossed this? I had been on most of these for a little while and when I was prescribed them a while later I was then allergic to them.
dx Aug 2001 SLE and Hughes, 2003 Chrondromalaysia patella, Hashimoto and IBS, 1995 Gerd and Osteo Arthritis, 2004 Migraines, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinus Tachycardia

Married 9 1/2 years
Mom to 1 miracle boy born 11/10/02 (took 12 pregnancies)
Meds
Darvocet
Toradol
Prevacid
Toprol
Vistaril
Prednisone(during flares)
Albuterol Nebulizer

Supplements
One a day
Ho shou wu(helps with the infamation and break through pain)
peppermint and green teas
Primrose oil
chaste berry


FW
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 477
   Posted 10/22/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Sorry to hear about your allergies but boy can I relate! I am allergic to aspirin, sulfa, opiates, opiums, anesthetics (sorry, don't know which ones), nsaids, many foods and chemicals. The list gets longer almost daily. Between my allergist and my rheumy, they have a field day with my test results. They have just added celiac or gluten intolerance to the list. Somehow, the lupus, allergies and intolerances are all related - just a product of a whacked out immune system.
Hope you begin to feel better!
Fran
Take care,
Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec, Prilosec, Nasacort, Prednisone, Prozac daily.
Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, albuterol (as needed).


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stacey . . . welcome to the forum!!

I'm allergic to penicillin and naproxen sodium (rx strength aleeve) as well as a couple other items I don't know the name of (happened many years ago before I realized it was important to keep tract). I think there are lots of allergies here . . . mine are minimal, but I have a really big response to those drugs. I also called myself allergic to the sun for about 25 years until I finally figured out it was a lupus thing.

Glad you found us . . . the members here are SO helpful and friendly!!

Blessings!

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Razzle
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, my allergy list is huge as well. I have many drug allergies - sulfa, topical anasthetics, etc. - and most of the allergies are due to sulfa or inactive ingredients such as certain preservatives (sulfites are a biggie, so is TBHQ). I also have a long list of food intolerances, allergies and sensitivities. Some are "true" food allergies, some are because of gut motility problems (certain foods alter gastrointestinal motility and those are the ones I have to avoid or only eat occasionally or else I pay dearly with pain and all sorts of other unpleasant symptoms), some are from sulfites and TBHQ in foods (often unlabeled, so I find out the hard way), and also I'm gluten sensitive (and wheat/gluten is in a LOT of foods). I've developed new allergies, sensitivities and intolerances all the time since 1980 (it started with Mount St. Helens erupting - got hives from the ash), and I never know when I'll lose tolerance for something else. It is scary, and can be very disheartening to lose favorite foods, helpful supplements or medications, and the ability to eat out (which is impossible nowdays with my extensive allergy/intolerance list).

Take care,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Multiple Food & Inhalant Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Claritin, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.


Gidget^
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Staceymommy,
It's my opinion that the reason lupus patients are allergic/sensitive to so many drugs is because our immune system is already so messed up that it doesn't know good from bad. 
 
The American Lupus Foundation says that "the use of sulfa antibiotics to treat infections in people with lupus should be avoided whenever possible. Thirty percent of people with lupus are allergic to sulfa antibiotics. In addition, these types of antibiotics can:  increase photosensitivity, increase skin rashes, and lower white blood cell counts."
 
On my mother's side of the family they tend to have thyroid problems, drug allergies and that is where the lupus connection is.  My sister is allergic to penicillin, iodine and sulfa drugs.  I am allergic to penicillin, iodine, cephlasporins, plaquenil, zithromax, talacen.  I have yet to develop an allergy to sulfa drugs but I've decided to not push my luck and wait till I have a reaction, I just won't take them.
 
I bet there are a lot of others on the board who have allergies to different drugs too.
 

Gidget^
 
SLE 9/07, FMS '90's, Spinal Stenosis, Osteoarthritis, Sinus Tach, PVC's, Kidney Stones, RLS, Parotid Neurofibroma 8/04, Cervical Cancer 9/06
Plaquenil, Clinoril, Toprol XL, Prozac, Zyrtec-D, Zocor, Vitamins B6 & B12, Folic Acid, Toradol, Percoset, Loratab
 
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
 
 


Staceymommy
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 10/23/2007 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I know from research that because of the immune system the way lupus affects that allergies are going to be apart of my life but I was just trying to connect with more than myself. Because where I live it seems that no one here even the docs really know any thing about lupus. Every time I get stuck in the er no one knows what to do with me they just say I am an oddity and leave it at that. I'm just a little lonely from hearing that for the last few years. I live in a fairly big community but apparently they don't get any other lupus patients around or atleast that I know of so if any one is from Spokane, Wa let me know:)
dx Aug 2001 SLE and Hughes, 2003 Chrondromalaysia patella, Hashimoto and IBS, 1995 Gerd and Osteo Arthritis, 2004 Migraines, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinus Tachycardia, 2006 Fibromyalgia

Married 9 1/2 years
Mom to 1 miracle boy born 11/10/02 (took 12 pregnancies)
Meds
Darvocet
Toradol
Prevacid
Toprol
Vistaril
Prednisone(during flares)
Albuterol Nebulizer

Supplements
One a day
Ho shou wu(helps with the infamation and break through pain)
peppermint and green teas
Primrose oil
chaste berry


PattyLatty
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   Posted 10/23/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Staceymommy,

I'm so glad you're here. This forum is a lifeline for many of us. Having a chronic illness can be very isolating and until I found this wonderful support group I too felt very alone. We're not alone anymore.

I've been allergic to penicillin all my life. Tried Imuran a few months ago and found out that I'm also allergic to it. Am in the process of determining what food allergies I have. It's a struggle, but well worth the work.

(((hugs)))

Pat
Lupus, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin


sharentrials
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Total Posts : 261
   Posted 10/23/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Staceymommy. Since this lupus took off, I have had negative reactions to several drugs. I can't take Plaquenil or its' generic, Amoxicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Nabumetone, or Chloroquine. Hope this helps,
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

SLE '06, Sjogren's '06, Traumatic Head Injury '94
Prednisone 9mg and tapering, Caltrate 1200mg, Multi-vitamin, Prevacid 30 mg, Actonel 35mg, DocQLace 200mg, Flax Seed (milled) 2Tbsp


Staceymommy
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 10/23/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad I found don't like the cercumstances but who does.
dx Aug 2001 SLE and Hughes, 2003 Chrondromalaysia patella, Hashimoto and IBS, 1995 Gerd and Osteo Arthritis, 2004 Migraines, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinus Tachycardia, 2006 Fibromyalgia

Married 9 1/2 years
Mom to 1 miracle boy born 11/10/02 (took 12 pregnancies)
Meds
Darvocet
Toradol
Prevacid
Toprol
Vistaril
Prednisone(during flares)
Albuterol Nebulizer

Supplements
One a day
Ho shou wu(helps with the infamation and break through pain)
peppermint and green teas
Primrose oil
chaste berry


cured4real?
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, staceymoma I had the same thing happen when I was put on interferon. I used to be able to take darvocet and birth control pills and I developed allergies to them all the sudden on the interferon, because it sent me into a major flare. Every medicine they gave me while on interferon I became allergic to and remain allergic to. i have liver disease and usually I can take a med for a month or two before it backs up in my body and then my immune system sees it as a poison and develops an allergic response to it. Taking lower doses can prevent this sometimes, though not to a medication you are already allergic to, but only for new meds you do not have an allergy to. You might want to have your liver function tested since many people with liver problems develop lots of allergies like you describe, and the medicines you are on are extremely hard on the liver. Knowing you have a liver problem or even just a sensitive liver (medication sensitivity) can help you pick supplements and meds that are primarily processed by the kidneys rather than the liver and help prevent you from developing more allergies by lessening the load and inflammation of your liver. I feel for you for your allergies to pain meds. usually opiates are the least likely to cause an allergy because they are so much like the pain-killing chemicals that already exist in our bodies naturally, so the body doesn't see them as foreign usually. Sometimes other ingredients cause problems. But I do know other people with the same allergies to opiates. For your migraines, you might investigate using something called stadol nasal spray. It is an extremely strong pain medicine generally for severe pain and migraines, but was non-addicting for me, I was on it for three months. It had an opiod like structure I don't know if you would be allergic or not. Another good one is ultram for chronic pain, for some reason my liver handles it well and it works like an opiate but is non-narcotic and non-addicting and not hard on the stomach, actually works great for gi pain, does not work for headaches. Well, take care and I hope you feel better and stay out of pain and dont develop more allergies!
Love, Marji
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments


Bsime
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   Posted 10/23/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
A woman in our local lupus support group cannot take most drugs.  She has not been properly treated as a result and does not have a good prognosis.  I am not sure of the list of meds but she cannot take most meds.
 
Not sure if her doctors have a theory why.
 
Bill
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
 
Meds: prednisone (6mg & tapering), 75mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
 
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
 
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."  Helen Keller
 
 


Staceymommy
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 10/23/2007 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes i do have liver problems the function test showed just below normal but so did my kidneys. Ultram cures the most of my pain but causes me to have migraines so I was removed from it. Cymbalta works really well too but causes way too much acid and one dose keeps me up for days burning. My main problem right now is finding a doc that will actually listen to me and not tell me there's not much else we can do.
dx Aug 2001 SLE and Hughes(APS), 2003 Chrondromalaysia patella, Hashimoto, PCOS and IBS, 1995 Gerd and Osteo Arthritis, 2004 Migraines, Chronic Bronchitis, Sinus Tachycardia, 2006 Fibromyalgia

Surgeries:98 Appendix, 99 Gallbladder, 01 Ectopic Preg., 02 c-section, 04 Hematoma Drain, 05 L Knee, 06 R Knee

Married 9 1/2 years
Mom to 1 miracle boy born 11/10/02 (took 12 pregnancies)
Meds
Darvocet
Toradol
Prevacid
Toprol
Vistaril
Prednisone(during flares)
Albuterol Nebulizer

Supplements
One a day
Ho shou wu(helps with the infamation and break through pain)
peppermint and green teas
Primrose oil
chaste berry

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