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Questions to ask about drug allergy

These questions may help you discuss your condition or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

About drug allergy

  • Can you tell me more about drug allergy?

  • How do I know whether my symptoms were caused by side effects or an allergic reaction?

  • Should I stop taking the drug that has caused my reaction?

  • Can I take the same drug again if it caused an allergic reaction? Would my reaction be worse next time?

  • What drug or drugs do I need to avoid in future and what could I take instead?

  • Can you suggest what I could keep with me to let people know about my drug allergy?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area that could help me?

  • Can you provide any written information that I can share with my family members or carers?

Finding out what's wrong (diagnosis)

  • How can I find out for sure whether I have a drug allergy?

  • What kind of information could I give my doctor to help diagnose my drug allergy (for example, photographs of my rash)?

  • If you have referred me for specialist tests can you explain why?

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