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!
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