... such as difficulty breathing, swelling of tongue, hives, etc. I haven't started taking this med yet, I'm not experiencing symptoms. But I would like to know is it a common reaction, or something I shouldn't think about happening?
Reactions like this to drugs are rare but they do happen. It can happen with ANY drug. There is really no way to tell if someone will have a reaction. You just have to take the medication and see if it happens. It is like any other side effects, be aware that they could happen but dont be overly scared of them. Many people take this medication and have no side effects what so ever!! If you start having swelling of the face or tongue or have difficulty breathing then call 911 right away. They can usually reverse these reactions with another medication. Rash reactions are more common than anaphylactic (this is what we call reactions where people swell and cant breathe) but fortunately rash reactions are not as dangerous. Anaphylactic reactions can be life threatening but are usually easily reversed with the proper medications, like epinephrine, but fortunately, they are not as common. Chances are you will be fine, just be aware that if any reaction were to occur it usually takes place right away but sometimes, in some cases, it is the accumulative effects that will finally trigger a reaction so it may be a few days after starting the medication. Dont be scared of this though-just be aware of the possibility and seek help immediately if it occurs
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