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31st October 2016
Sulfa allergy
What are sulfa-containing antibiotics?
Sulfa-containing antibiotics are sulfonamide antimicrobials and include trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX), sulfadiazine and erythromycin/sulfisoxazole.
 
How common is allergy to sulfonamides?
About 4% individuals report an allergy to sulfonamide antimicrobials.
 
What are non-antimicrobial sulfonamides?
Commonly prescribed non-antimicrobial sulfonamides include furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, acetazolamide, sulfonylureas and celecoxib.
 
Do both causes hypersensitivity reactions?
Sulfonamide antimicrobials differ in chemical structure from non-antimicrobial sulfonamides. These structural differences are implicated in the hypersensitivity associated with sulfa antimicrobials.
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