I have a severe sulfite allergy and must avoid medications containing the above. Is there a list of drugs which people like me must avoid? It is very surprisingly difficult to find such information from doctors and pharmacists.
Lisinopril doesnt contain any sulfa. Sulfa and sulfites are two very different compounds. You may be allergic to both but the two compounds are unrelated. Sulfa is short for sulfonomides which is a type of antibiotic. Sulfites are chemical salts and not related to sulfonomides. Per Mayo Clinic:
I have a sulfa allergy. How can I tell if a medicine contains sulfa?
from James T C Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Antibiotics containing chemicals called sulfonamides can trigger a reaction if you have a sulfa allergy. Examples of sulfonamide antibiotics include the combination drugs:
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Septra, Bactrim)
Other types of sulfa medications may trigger a reaction in some people who have a sulfa allergy. Examples include:
Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), used to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis
Dapsone, used to treat leprosy, dermatitis and certain types of pneumonia
Keep in mind, if you have a reaction to a sulfonamide antibiotic, you may still be able to take other sulfonamide medications without having a reaction. Examples of sulfonamide medications that may be OK include:
Certain diabetes medications — glyburide (Glynase, Diabeta) and glimepiride (Amaryl), for example
Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as celecoxib (Celebrex)
The migraine medication sumatriptan (Imitrex, Sumavel Dosepro)
Certain "water pills" (diuretics), such as furosemide (Lasix) and chlorothiazide (Microzide)
An allergy to sulfonamide medications is different from having an adverse reaction to wine or food that contains sulfites. Having a reaction to sulfites in something you eat or drink doesn't mean you'll be allergic to sulfonamide medication.
If you have HIV/AIDS, you may have an increased sensitivity to sulfonamide medications. Always tell your doctor about your sensitivities to medication
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