3 drug intolerances that involve the skin
- Itching and rash – even though they are a big sign of allergies, they also can be typical side effects of medications
- Narcotics – in hospitals, they give diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to calm an itching side effect
- Sulfa antibiotics and tetracyclines – sun hypersensitivity. Not a sunburn, though. May require pain reliever to get comfortable.
- Flushing – redness and hotness of the skin
- Niacin – used for cholesterol reduction. Flushing is reduced by taking 81 mg of aspirin 30 minutes before taking niacin
- Hormones – natural or in medication (birth control or hormone replacement). Can be reduced or eased by taking before bed or taking with food
- IV contrast – as the medication spreads through the body.
- Dryness – especially of skin surfaces that require moisture (i.e. mucous membranes)
- Antihistamines and cold medications – dry eyes, dry nose
- Overactive bladder medications – dry eyes, dry mouth, constipation
- IBS meds that control diarrhea – constipation
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