(Severe allergic reaction)

  • Also known as
  • Hypersensitivity reaction

Top Medications for Anaphylaxis according to our users

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All Medications for Anaphylaxis

  • Benadryl
    Prescription or OTC

    Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is great for allergies, but curl up on the couch after taking it and get ready for a nap.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Unisom SleepGels

    Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) is a good over-the-counter medication for nighttime allergies.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • Epipen
    Prescription only

    Epipen (Epinephrine) is a life-saving medication for severe allergic reactions. Just make sure you know how to give an injection before it's needed.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Prednisone
    Prescription only

    Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Anaphylaxis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, go to the ER immediately. The staff at the hospital will figure out what caused you to react. Whatever it is that made you react, STAY AWAY FROM IT.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Make sure every doctor I visit and my pharmacy know that any medicine that causes anaphylaxis is in my record. When I am prescribed a new med I check for reactions.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Knowing the medicines that cause a reaction help avoid future épisodes. When I am prescribed something I haven't used before, I ask questions to avoid any problem. I also go to only one pharmacy and make sure the pharmacist is aware.