General or Other | General Practice | Drug reaction (Disease)
Drug reaction: Description
Side effects are unwanted effects caused by the drugs. Most are mild, such as a stomach aches or drowsiness, and go away after you stop taking the drug. Others can be more serious.
Drug allergies are another type of reaction. They can be mild or life-threatening. Skin reactions, such as hives and rashes, are the most common type.
Drug reactions are of two types: allergic, which is the same as would occur with hay fever or a bee sting, and those related to a direct toxic effect of a medication on a body system or organ.
A person with a drug side effect has a symptom or illness that is caused by a medication. In most cases, a side effect is undesirable. Almost all drugs are capable of causing side effects. Most drug side effects are non serious, and include things like nausea and upset stomach. Only rarely, are drug side effects serious. The good news is the vast majority of people wont have any side effects at all, and when they do, theyre usually minor.
Causes and Risk factors
Drug reactions vary for each patient, and depend largely on their general health, the state of their disease, age, weight, and gender.
Drug reaction: Treatment and Diagnosis
Treatment includes removal of the offending drug. Treatment of any symptoms may include: intravenous fluids, oxygen, anti-nausea medications, antihistamines, steroids, and/or epinephrine