If you have a penicillin allergy, the best prevention is to avoid the drug. Steps you can take to protect yourself include the following:

  • Inform health care workers. Be sure that your penicillin allergy or other antibiotic allergy is clearly identified in your medical records. Inform other health care providers, such as your dentist or any medical specialist.
  • Wear a bracelet. Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies your drug allergy. This information can ensure proper treatment in an emergency.
  • Carry emergency epinephrine. If your allergy has caused anaphylaxis or other severe reactions, your doctor will likely prescribe a self-injecting syringe and needle device (epinephrine autoinjector). Your doctor or a member of the clinical staff will train you on how to use an autoinjector (Adrenaclick, EpiPen, Twinject, others).
Nov. 22, 2014

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