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Can doctors still prescribe medicines that patients are allergic to?

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Can doctors still prescribe medicines that patients are allergic to?

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If you have been diagnosed as being allergic to a medicine, you should never take it again, even in a tiny dose. The first reaction may be fairly mild – often, in the case of antibiotics, an itchy rash. However, once your body has been primed to be allergic to something, the next reaction is often much more severe and can be life-threatening. Most GPs now have computerised systems which will flag up any allergy if the doctor tries to prescribe a medicine you are allergic to. If your doctor refers you to hospital, the referral letter will usually document any drug allergies you have. Always check with any doctor or dentist who issues a prescription for you that they know what you’re allergic to.

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