For those of you that are allergic to Sulfa drugs, you may also have an allergic reaction to some hidden products that contain Sulfa but aren’t readily advertised. Did you know that Saccharin, Sweet N Low, some diet soft drinks, chewable aspirin, and almost all toothpastes contain sulfonamide? You’ll also find bits of Sulfa in the arthritic pain medications Celebrex, Bextra, and Vioxx. Here is another scary thought. Do you have high blood pressure and have a Sulfa allergy? Then you want to stay away from Sulfonamide Thiazide Diuretics such as Hydrochlorothiazide, Lopresser HCT, Aldactazide, Aldoril, Capozide, Indapamide, and others. Are you hypoglycemic? Those who have Sulfa allergies combined with this, should stay away from Glipizide, Glyburide, Diabenese, Bymelor, Glimepiride, Tolinase, and Orinase. Males with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and a Sulfa allergy should keep away from the medication Flomax.
It’s not common knowledge but there is saccharin present in 34% of antimicrobial drugs such as Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Penicillin, Cephalosporins, and Eythromycin. Also watch these topical medications: 1. ) Silvadine cream used for burn care, 2. ) Acne/ Rosacea medications such as Rosanil, Rosula, Ovace, Avar, Clenia, and Plexion. 3.) Vaginal Creams such as Triple Sulfa, AVE cream, Vagimide, Trysul, and Sultrin.
Sulfa reactions usually begin after the first week of therapy. The usual adverse reactions are blotches, headache, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, but can lead to edema and closing of the throat. My dermatologist gave me this list when he found out I had a Sulfa allergy and I am thankful. I’m sure most people do not realize the amount of Sulfa in everyday products, so I’m passing this on.