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Allergy to Nitrofurantoin, alternate medicine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi i'm just took my last pill of nitrofurantin and i'm having an alergic reaction... can i take benadryl?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   k
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   If there is an allergic reaction, nitrofurantin should be stopped immediately
Doctor :   and should start on antihistaminic
Doctor :   Benadryl is fine
Doctor :   you can take it
User :   k
Doctor :   Also do you have rashes on the skin?
User :   no i'm swelling in my face it is my last pill so i can't take more but i was instructed to finish it
Doctor :   Ok
User :   ive got a uti
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   So, along with antihistamines
Doctor :   do report back to your doctor
User :   is there anything else i should worry about my bf doesn't want me to fall asleep ?
Doctor :   and make a note of it in for future references
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Benadryl does cause some drowsiness
User :   i took all the other pills with no reaction could there be a reason why i'm reacting to it now?
Doctor :   Reaction need not be an immediate one all the tiem

Doctor :   also the other possibilities if you are not sure of could be some other allergen as well
User :   i ate fish early today ?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Yes, fish could be a cause as well
Doctor :   but you would be aware of it
Doctor :   did you have such a reaction before as well?
User :   nope
User :   just this last pill it kinda freakin me out ... i really didn't eat anything but some cake with it
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Now the possible allergen could be the drug or food
Doctor :   or any inhalant like dust
User :   i see
Doctor :   So you should think of that as well
Doctor :   but first in the list should be the drug
User :   will do i will have to see what was in the cake i ate
Doctor :   Ok

User :   ok
User :   what should i do if the swelling doesn't go away after i take the benadryl
Doctor :   You should report to the Physician

Doctor :   now benadryl if just as a first aid
Doctor :   'is
User :   i see do that it is a holiday tommorow the insta care i went to isn't open and i don't have a main doctor
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Till you see a doctor, you can take benadryl
Doctor :   if it worsens or does not improve
Doctor :   then do consult the doctor, even the ER
User :   ok
Doctor :   if it settles, then you can consult the doctor with an appointment
User :   ok
User :   well we have to run to the store and get the benadryl so thank you for you help
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now

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