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March 18, 2019 Monday 12:09:26 PM IST

Drug Allergy May be Due to Inactive Ingredients

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Allergic reaction to a drug in a patient may be due to an inactive ingredient and not because the drug administered is wrong, according to a new research.

The inactive compounds in a drug such as lactose, gluten and specific dyes can cause allergic reactions, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. The study observed that inactive ingredients may vary from eight to twenty in a drug based on an analysis of 42,000 prescription and OTC (Over-the-Counter) drugs.

The more drugs you consume, the more inactive ingredients act on your system hence causing allergies. Hence, it is quite important to inform your physician about any uneasiness while consuming a drug.


Source: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/11/483/eaau6753

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