October 3, 2023

News Cymru

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Deadly Allergic Reaction to Medication

I’m writing this post as today I heard that a brother of a friend had died from taking an apparently innocuous medication, namely augemetin/amoxicillin.

Unfortunately, deaths from prescription medications are not uncommon. At all…

It astounds me that this can be such a widespread problem in this day and age.

This is not a recommendation and I’m not a medical professional but my opinion is this.

Why do prescriptions, especially for potentially risky medicines not include a trial period eg for the first 3-5 days start with a 1/4 of the normal dose and build up to the full dose over that period. And specifically for medications which the patient has not or is not sure if they have taken before.

Going full bore onto a medication without knowing if the patient is allergic seems like a crazy practice and one that is easily avoided.

Unless the medication is for an immediate life or death condition I fail to see any downsides to building up to the recommended dose.

And yet when was the last time you saw a prescription which gave a build-up period to check the medication was compatible with the person or animal taking it.

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