Drug Allergies:

Allergies to drugs (medications) that produce an allergic reaction.

Types of Drug Allergies 

  • Penicillin
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Insulin
  • Iodinated X-Ray Contrast Dyes
  • Sulfa Drugs



Skin testing is performed to diagnose a drug allergy to penicillin-type medications. If you have had an allergic reaction after taking a medication or contrast dye before x-ray scans you may have a drug allergy.

Prevention and Treatment

The best way to treat drug allergies is to avoid the drug that is causing the allergic reaction. However, antihistamine medications, bronchodilators and corticosteroids can help relieve the symptoms. For people with severe drug allergies carry an EpiPen at all times and wear a medic-alert bracelet. Also, let your physicians know of your drug allergy.

For more information on drug allergy or to schedule an appointment with an allergist at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, call 205-871-9661.