I wanted to write something about this due to some posts about rashes. An opportune time to bring it up and I think it is very useful not only for us here at arthritis but other forums as well.
Many of us are on a LAUNDRY LIST of medications.
Common medications that can cause skin rashes are:
These rashes are typically benign and go away on there own.
Anticonvulsive treatments for pain like Depakote, Lamictal...have an increased risk for a systemic rash called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
For anyone who notices a rash on their body that is to them, a bit abnormal!!!...report it to your doc immediately.
Warning signs that tell you a rash is a serious one that needs attention STAT:
- the rash develops within a short time after taking a new medication.
- 2-8 weeks into therapy of a new drug.
- the rash is widespread and has a bright red blotchy color.
- difficulty breathing.
- lesions that spread in your mouth and eyes.
When in doubt check it out. Read medication bottles carefully. When we are heavy into a medication regime it's tough to keep up with what may interact with what...and sometimes pharmacies don't catch EVERYTHING.
Out of all the side effects, rashes should be taken into careful consideration.
Steven-Johnson Syndrome is very distinct looking, I'm sure if you google it one can find lots of photos. It's just a very good thing to be aware of.
Again, most times small little itchy rashes are normal and go away...but do be mindful of them!
Be well & take care.
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.