Codeine Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Every adverse reaction or symptom you experience isn’t allergic. Codeine allergic reaction involves immune system, where your mast cells are stimulated and histamines are released by IgE antibody molecules.

Codeine is a drug used to relieve pain. Though it’s beneficial for many people, hypersensitive person may not get benefited by this opioid.

People who aren’t allergic to codeine also experience symptoms like itching, sneezing, low blood pressure, hives and sweating are common symptoms of pseudo allergy.

An allergic reaction is triggered even by small amount of codeine, whereas pseudo allergy is stimulated due to over dose.

In some cases codeine react with other medication and result in different side-effects, which include drowsiness, sedation, nausea, stomach pain, constipation, flushing, dry mouth and rash.

Codeine Allergy Symptoms

This drug is combined by other medication and prescribed by physician orally or through injection.

Allergic reaction may trigger within few hours of ingesting codeine medication, and in case of pseudo allergy as mentioned over dose will result in allergic symptoms.

  • Swelling of hands, legs, lips and throat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Flushing
  • Sneezing
  • Sweating
  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness

Based on above mentioned symptoms you can’t determine the allergen. Allergist or physician will diagnose to confirm the allergen.

Experts say allergic reaction to codeine is rare, most people experience pseudo allergy due to higher dose of the drug.

People who previously experienced such reaction must inform the physician before taking medication or injection.

Don’t over look symptoms of codeine allergy. Talk to your allergist and follow his prescription.

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