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Joan M
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   Posted 11/5/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
went to doctor who ordered a z pack (zithromycin) for sinus problem. my pharmacist changed to Sandoz for this product. I have been sick, sick, sick and quite exhausted from it.

now have terrible gas pains and belching which i have never had before. gas pains are horrible and i wish i had not bothered about the sinus infection. maybe it would have done away by itself. doctors don't care. it is a horrible mess.

my doctor in New York city told me about the windows on otc drugs. here they are very ignorant and could care less. just read the package directions type thing.

what is this crummy world coming to?

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   Posted 11/5/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
What do you mean the windows on otc drugs?

I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling horrible. Sinus infections are not fun that's for sure!
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Joan M
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   Posted 11/5/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
gas pains are even worse. much prefer the old headache type of thing. the window means that you can take more of a otc drug than it says on the package. spoke with nurse in gastroenterologist office and have to take probiotics now. it should calm down in a week or two. am absolutely exhausted from the gas pains.

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percycat
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   Posted 11/6/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry that you're having such a rough time. I really hope the probiotics help.

I dislike taking antibiotics of any kind because they always cause a yeast infection to follow.

percycat

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   Posted 11/6/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm allergic to alot of antibiotics (anlaphyaic and rashes). So I understand your misery.
I hope you feel better soon.
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Joan M
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   Posted 11/6/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
mycins are all i can handle because cylines make me stay awake, had a small rash on sulfur drug, now there is virtually nothing. better not to get help with the sinus problem and hope it passes by.

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   Posted 11/7/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Sinus infection can make you ill for a year if it's not treated adequately. It often takes a second round of medication to knock it out. I'd call the doc if the infection didn't go away. He may have to chanage the med.

If you got a rash from sulfa, tell the doc. It may mean you shouldn't take it again.
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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope your feeling better soon..
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Joan M
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   Posted 11/9/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i'll live with the sinus problem. was so much in knots from gas on sunday morning that i puked up acid. what has helped is oat meal because it slows down the gastric output. am very tired. thank you chartreux.

alie i told the doc and now can't take sulfur drugs...there is nothing else i can take or want to take. am sick of doctors and am sick of everything. sinus headache is nothing compared to BAD DRUG REACTION, do you get what I am saying.

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   Posted 11/11/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Joan,

The drug reaction stinks. I'm still miffed about mine from nearly two years ago, because I went to the doctor or ER *THREE* times during a week of taking Bactrim, and they never even had a hint that I was having a reaction. I think I posted in anohter thread, but I had fast pulse, low BP, joint aches, lost appetite, terrible fatigue, NON-STOP fevers (the worst), and just felt horribly weak, even up to a month afterwards. Then got hives.

Definitely avoid it if you've had the reaction once; I'm just sorry there's nothing else you can take as an antibiotic instead.

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   Posted 11/15/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Augmentin and several other drugs are often prescribed for sinus infections. I complain until they give me something that works on the particular bug.

If you get too many sinus infections it can mean there's an allergy that needs to be treated - by an allergist, or it's possible that sinus surgery is needed.
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Joan M
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   Posted 11/18/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Alcie:

never heard of augmentin but the sinus problem has improved from z pack. god knows my body does have its work cut out for it.

i am really old and tetracyline kept me up wide awake and velosett gave me motion sickness for 2 weeks and i reacted to morphine (?) (do i know which drug it was, not really...hospitals use the cheapest stuff they can find) recently and had to be put on oxygen. so am really afraid of drugs and medical horror.

it has all been so bad. yes bactrim is a sulfur drug and i have done ok with it and then i got a small rash so i had to stop taking it. did you know that docs and hospitals have been more or less instructed to use the cheapest stuff possible?

i feel for you percycat...doctors are not that bright, are they? the thing is to realize how poorly they perform and call them up on it...not to become hypnotized by their bull.

teAlexis
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   Posted 11/21/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My list gets longer as I find out the hard way which drugs cause me severe allergic reactions: All Mycins; Penicillun; Lidocaine; sulfites.


Be very careful, they are adding lidocaine to many of the aloe vera gels. This should not be put on an open sore or bite. I wouldn't use it on my face or scalp either.

I ended up coming down with an Autoimmune Disease called Dermatomyositis. They are also adding preservatives and other harsh chemicals for whatever the reason.
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   Posted 11/22/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,  you should google this ingredient ... there are fantastic websites giving all the info re side effects on all drugs, not just side effects, but also the do's and the don'ts - sometimes we take ordinary supplements or even herbals, which could affect drugs, or even the time of day you take the medication.   Recently I was told to "take one capsule a day", and took it after lunch but had no results.   Googled same and found out that I had to take it early morning on a completely empty stomach, and could not eat for an hour at least afterwards!   Being female , scared of osteaporosis.. I take regular calcium supplements,  and recently too, by taking these,  it affected another drug.   Unfortunately drugs are what they are ...  DRUGS!!

Joan M
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   Posted 11/22/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
well...i am reading a book about pharma and all they care about is money. yes the web can be helpful but the best idea is to go without drugs if possible. calling a good pharmacist is also an excellent idea.

gas and belching is improving and just hope to take my pain pill soon. this will help me to walk.

let's try to relax about the mess...but it is very scarey. being allergic takes a lot of courage because most people don't even understand it and have no sympathy so it is good to get on the boards.


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teAlexis
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   Posted 11/22/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes and most of my allergic reactions are RARE so the docs know even less. They can never be sure whether it's a Systemic Reaction or not. They have to trust what I say. Some do; some don't.

Right at this time I'm weaning at 50 mg of pred for this autoimmune disease caused by the Lidocaine. I won't be off the pred for 4 more weeks. Ugh! eyes

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   Posted 11/22/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody - some people are allergic to certain drugs .. I'm allergic to colourants, especially tartrazine and its cousins who unfortunatey are referred to as "permitted colourants", so am often caught off-guard like recently. Bought efferfescent Vit C tablets, no mention of colourant on the container .. so when my eyes started swelling and I started itching I knew that I took in a "bad" colourant - checked the small pamphlet - "this product contains a colourant that could cause allergies" - contacted the company and asked which colourant they used, "Sunset'Yellow - E110" - checked the adverse effects out - the list is longer than that of tartrazine!

Joan M
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   Posted 11/28/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
o boy it really is very scarey, isn't it. most docs just don't know much about it. the national institute of health head is in charge of both allergies and infectious diseases. well how can one person give time to both of these big messes. you might know that a lot of insurance companies do not want to insure either diabetic or asthmatic children. i know that diabetis and allergies are both genetic diseases, probably asthma too. what i mean is that they are inherited diseases. well, let's hope things improve as more and more people are coming down with it and eventually it will be recognized...let's hope.

telalexis (doctors who do not believe you are not the doctors you should see unless you have absolutely no alternatives)

another big area of allergic reactions are the opiates...like darvon, percosett and all that which are given to people who are in a lot of pain. pain is very hard to deal with on a massive scale.

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   Posted 4/19/2011 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Most drug allergies cause minor skin rashes and hives. Serum sickness is a delayed type of drug allergy that occurs a week or more after exposure to a medication or vaccine.

Penicillin and related antibiotics are the most common cause of drug allergies. Other common allergy-causing drugs include:

* Sulfa drugs
* Anticonvulsants
* Insulin preparations (particularly animal sources of insulin)
* Iodinated (containing iodine) x-ray contrast dyes (these can cause allergy-like anaphylactoid reactions)

Most side effects of drugs are not due to an allergic reaction. For example, aspirin can cause nonallergic hives or trigger asthma. Some drug reactions are considered "idiosyncratic." This means the reaction is an unusual effect of the medication, not due to a predictable chemical effect of the drug. Many people confuse an uncomfortable, but not serious, side effect of a medicine (such as nausea) with a true drug allergy, which can be life threatening.

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Joan M
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   Posted 4/26/2011 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
well i get to see another allergist in two days, maybe he can help me with my troubles but probably not. my body is aching and i feel SO TIRED. hope he has some answers on the drug problem. it is very scary...like what am i going to get involved with next which will make me very sick.

keep being brave my friends!
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