Re: Sulfa drug Allergies
I think it really is an individual thing. From what I see on the internet, some have reactions and others don't.
I used to take Sulfa frequently for sinus infections. Last time it was prescribed, I broke out in horrible hives after one dose. I haven't tried any Sulfa antibiotics in the 10 years since.
I have taken Dyazide for about 5 years now. I haven't had any reactions with the Dyazide since I started it.
I have a neighborhood pharmacist that I have gone to for years and I really trust that he is monitoring my meds and how he advises me on taking my meds. Even though his hours are less than the big chain places, I just don't trust them when I am just another face vs. where I go and they know me by just my voice when I call and greet me by name.
As for the Epi-pen. If you have had allergic reactions that bad in the past, I'd certainly ask for a prescription to carry one. I have one myself. I'm careful to keep it with me all the time and I make sure I refill it periodically when it expires. Thankfully, I haven't had to use it, but it gives me peace of mind. I even tell those who are close around me that I have it in case I ever need the help. Ironically, I didn't start carrying it when I had my first allergic reactions. It took an emergency asthma attack for me to get my prescription. After not being able to breathe in that incident, I believe even stronger about carrying it for the severe allergic reactions that would affect breathing. I had one epi-pen shot during my breathing emergency and it literally saved me.