Around one in ten drug reactions happen due to an allergy.

The immune system overreacts to the medication and causes allergic symptoms. Intolerances or sensitivities to drugs can cause similar symptoms, but they do not involve the immune system.

Some medications cause allergic reactions more than others. The most common offenders include:

    • Antibiotics, e.g., penicillin
    • Aspirin
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g., ibuprofen
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Monoclonal antibody therapy – specialized injectable medications
    • Chemotherapy

Allergies to medication are more likely to develop when taken frequently, rubbed on skin, or taken via injection.

Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Drug Allergies

Overland Park Office
  • Allergy Injection Clinic closed MON, TUES, THURS at 5:30p
• ReadiClinic temporarily closed

Lee’s Summit Office
  • Patient Care – open WED 8a – 12p and 1:30p – 5p for patient care
  • Allergy Injection Clinic – open WED 8a – 11:30a and 1:30p – 4:30p

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