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Penicillin Poisoning

Penicillins


Presentation

  • Bronchial Asthma: A Genetic, Population and Psychiatric Study presents the main theories of the cause of asthma which states that attacks occurred as a result of pathological changes in the lungs, heart, or large vessels.[books.google.de]
  • Previous anaphylaxis to the medication Hives that rapidly spread after using penicillin If these are present, the individual must receive another course of antibiotic or start desensitization therapy.[firstaidreddeer.ca]
  • Serum sickness is an immune-complex reaction that presents with fever, lymphadenopathy, arthralgia, and cutaneous lesions.[aacijournal.biomedcentral.com]
  • Laboratory data are supportive of an immunologic mechanism to explain the drug reaction (not present or available in all cases).[aafp.org]
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Easy Bruising
  • Side effects of penicillin antibiotics include diarrhea , dizziness , heartburn , insomnia , nausea , itching , vomiting , confusion , abdominal pain , easy bruising , bleeding, rash , and allergic reactions.[medicinenet.com]
  • Serious Side Effects The serious side effects of penicillin and amoxicillin often include: Watery or bloody diarrhea Easy bruising or bleeding Yellowing of the eyes or skin Coughing frequently or trouble breathing Severe skin rashes, including itching[diffen.com]
Anemia
  • It is also prescribed as a palliative in the treatment of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) and rheumatoid arthritis when other medications have failed. contraindications Known hypersensitivity to this drug or penicillamine-related aplastic anemia prohibits[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
  • Hemolytic anemia may be confirmed with a positive direct and/or indirect Coombs' test, reflecting the presence of complement and/or drug-hapten on the red cell membrane.[aafp.org]
  • These conditions include: Serum sickness, which may cause fever, joint pain, rash, swelling and nausea Drug-induced anemia, a reduction in red blood cells, which can cause fatigue, irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath and other signs and symptoms[mayoclinic.org]
  • Hemolytic anemia : This disorder may develop when an antibody-drug-RBC interaction occurs or when a drug (eg, methyldopa ) alters the RBC membrane, uncovering an antigen that induces autoantibody production.[merckmanuals.com]
Falling
  • […] lead to: a rapid heartbeat increasing difficulty breathing caused by swelling and tightening of the neck a sudden intense feeling of apprehension and fear a sharp and sudden drop in your blood pressure, which can make you feel light-headed and confused falling[nhs.uk]
  • Amoxicillin also falls under the same category. These drugs effectively eliminate bacterial infections such as, ear, upper respiratory tract, sinus and skin and are cost effective. Allergy can be subdued by medication and proper care.[home-remedies-for-you.com]
  • […] adverse drug events are caused by unpredictable effects that may or may not be immune mediated. 1 Immune-mediated reactions account for 5 to 10 percent of all drug reactions and constitute true drug hypersensitivity, with IgE-mediated drug allergies falling[aafp.org]
Photophobia
  • […] causing mild depression of CNS resulting in seizures and coma patients appear "drunk without smelling like alcohol" within 4 - 12 hours, calcium oxalate crystals deposit in the brain causing CNS toxicity, cerebral edema, meningismus (nuchal rigidity, photophobia[medbullets.com]
Muscle Spasm
  • Months of Cipro finally got control of the disease, and I began to recover, but the coughing produced unrelenting muscle spasms that required physical therapy. That same year I had a pinched nerve in my T spine and passed 3 kidney stones.[healthquestions.medhelp.org]
Photosensitivity
  • […] use sunscreen, wear protective clothing Quinolones (i.e., Cipro antibiotic side effects) Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin) Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, lethargy, insomnia, photosensitivity[drugs.com]
Fear
  • Initial symptoms of anaphylaxis are often the same as above and can lead to: a rapid heartbeat increasing difficulty breathing caused by swelling and tightening of the neck a sudden intense feeling of apprehension and fear a sharp and sudden drop in your[nhs.uk]
  • I'm sure fear is not helping my UTI sensations. How big of trouble may I be in concerning this situation? What can they do? Any input would be grateful. penicillin , Erc/ Zithromax, clydomyicin, anything penicllin related. Can take some sulfa drugs.[healthquestions.medhelp.org]
  • Lack of knowledge and experience in this important area can lead to fear of multiple “drug allergies” and unnecessary avoidance of appropriate medications, with reliance on more expensive, or less effective, alternatives without a rational basis.[mja.com.au]
Confusion
  • […] and can lead to: a rapid heartbeat increasing difficulty breathing caused by swelling and tightening of the neck a sudden intense feeling of apprehension and fear a sharp and sudden drop in your blood pressure, which can make you feel light-headed and confused[nhs.uk]
  • Side effects of penicillin antibiotics include diarrhea , dizziness , heartburn , insomnia , nausea , itching , vomiting , confusion , abdominal pain , easy bruising , bleeding, rash , and allergic reactions.[medicinenet.com]
  • […] more than three days Vomits to the point that s/he cannot keep anything down Has serious abdominal cramping Has bloody stool Has symptoms ofdehydration: dry mouth or sticky saliva, does not urinate or dark urine, dizziness, and/or, lightheadedness Is confused[goaskalice.columbia.edu]
  • […] symptoms (DRESS), which results in rash, high white blood cell counts, general swelling, swollen lymph nodes and recurrence of dormant hepatitis infection Inflammation in the kidneys (nephritis), which can cause fever, blood in the urine, general swelling, confusion[mayoclinic.org]
Headache
  • , vaginal candidiasis, metallic taste Avoid alcohol use during treatment and for up to 3 days after, combined use may lead to cramps, nausea/vomiting, flushing, headache; may discolor urine red-brown There are several side effects that are common to most[drugs.com]
  • Other possible side effects include diarrhea, vomiting and headache, but it is possible also that white patches in the mouth or throat will appear, or sore tongue.[ic.steadyhealth.com]
  • Symptoms show up usually between 18 and 36 hours after eating contaminated food and may include headache, blurred vision, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, urinary retention, reduced salivation, and/or eventual paralysis.[goaskalice.columbia.edu]
  • […] depression of CNS resulting in seizures and coma patients appear "drunk without smelling like alcohol" within 4 - 12 hours, calcium oxalate crystals deposit in the brain causing CNS toxicity, cerebral edema, meningismus (nuchal rigidity, photophobia, headache[medbullets.com]
  • Headache. Difficulty sleeping (insomnia). Reaction at the site where the drip is administered. Rare side effects (affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 10,000 people) Inflammation of the bowel (colitis).[netdoctor.co.uk]
Seizure
  • Serious but rare reactions include seizures , kidney problems, oral fungal infections , severe allergic reactions ( anaphylaxis ), and low blood platelet levels ( thrombocytopenia ) or red blood cell count.[medicinenet.com]
  • You have seizures . Your throat or tongue swells up. There’s tightness in your chest. You throw up, or feel like you might. Though it’s not common, some allergic reactions can happen days or weeks later.[webmd.com]
  • Precipitates withdrawal symptoms in chronic opioid users Not indicated in neonates who may be withdrawing Indicated particularly in adult patients who have respiratory depression Naltrexone decreases alcohol cravings Flumazenil Benzodiazepines May cause seizures[medbullets.com]
  • Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include: Tightening of the airways and throat, causing trouble breathing Nausea or abdominal cramps Vomiting or diarrhea Dizziness or lightheadedness Weak, rapid pulse Drop in blood pressure Seizures Loss of consciousness[mayoclinic.org]
Meningism
  • The most frequent infections that require the use of penicillin in their treatment include infections of urinary tract, meningitis, pneumonia, infections of the respiratory tract, ear, nose, throat, and infections such as gonorrhea, and syphilis.[ic.steadyhealth.com]
  • Penicillin is most effective against strep and soft tissue infections (mainly caused by Staphylococcus strains), syphilis, meningitis, and pneumonia.[diffen.com]
Agitation
  • […] or bloody diarrhea Easy bruising or bleeding Yellowing of the eyes or skin Coughing frequently or trouble breathing Severe skin rashes, including itching and peeling Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, swollen glands, and body aches Confusion, agitation[diffen.com]

Workup

Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
  • Penicillin itself is active against streptococci (including Streptococcus pneumoniae ), Listeria, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Clostridium, Peptococcus , and Peptostreptococcus . However, most staphylococci now are resistant to penicillin.[medicinenet.com]
Pseudomonas
  • Other penicillin antibiotics are effective against H. influenzae, E. coli, pneumococci , certain strains of staphylococci, Salmonella, Shigella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa , and many other types of bacteria.[medicinenet.com]

Treatment

  • But if you're concerned, or your symptoms don't respond to treatment, you should call your GP for advice. If you can't contact your GP, call NHS 111 .[nhs.uk]
  • It is also used as a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug in treatment of refractory rheumatoid arthritis . pen·i·cil·la·mine ( pen'i-sil'ă-mēn ), A degradation product of penicillin; a chelating agent used in the treatment of lead poisoning, hepatolenticular[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
  • Whether you go online or call, you'll be able to determine whether you need treatment. Poison Control will ask you a few questions, and then tell you what to do. Often, no treatment is needed for an antibiotic overdose.[poison.org]
  • Treatment is drug discontinuation, supportive treatment (eg, with antihistamines), and sometimes desensitization.[merckmanuals.com]
  • Rarely some of these problems require additional medical treatment.[ic.steadyhealth.com]

Prognosis

  • Prognosis Hypersensitivity decreases with time. IgE antibodies are present in 90% of patients 1 yr after an allergic reaction but in only about 20 to 30% after 10 yr.[merckmanuals.com]

Etiology

  • The etiology of this reaction is yet under cover. Beta-lactam is the family to which penicillin antibiotic belongs. Amoxicillin also falls under the same category.[home-remedies-for-you.com]
  • Drug reactions can be classified into immunologic and nonimmunologic etiologies ( Table 1 ) .[aafp.org]

Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology Adverse drug reactions caused by immune and nonimmune mechanisms are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.[aafp.org]
  • Epidemiology Drug allergy accounts for 11.3% of all adverse drug reaction [ 1 ]. Betalactams antibiotics are the most frequent drugs that cause allergic reactions [ 4 , 5 ].[omicsonline.org]
  • View Article Google Scholar Barranco P, Lopez-Serrano MC: General and epidemiological aspects of allergic drug reactions. Clin Exp Allergy. 1998, 28 (Suppl 4): 61-62. PubMed Google Scholar Adkinson NF: Risk factors for drug allergy.[aacijournal.biomedcentral.com]
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Age distribution

Pathophysiology

  • Pathophysiology Some protein and large polypeptide drugs (eg, insulin , therapeutic antibodies) can directly stimulate antibody production.[merckmanuals.com]

Prevention

  • Probenecid (Benemid) causes an increase in the amount of penicillins in the body by preventing excretion of penicillin by the kidneys. Combining ampicillin with allopurinol (Zyloprim) can increase the incidence of drug-related skin rash .[medicinenet.com]
  • Sometimes, these medications are used in order to prevent particular infections before or after the surgery.[ic.steadyhealth.com]
  • In addition, health care providers usually discourage people from using medication to prevent and/or stop the vomiting or diarrhea.[goaskalice.columbia.edu]
  • Hospital for Sick Children Health A-Z Search a complete list of child health articles expand_more View All Drug A-Z Search a list of articles about medications expand_more View All Learning Hubs Browse a complete list of content groups Healthy Living & Prevention[aboutkidshealth.ca]
  • Systematic review with meta-analysis: Saccharomyces boulardii in the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Oct;42(7):793-801. doi: 10.1111/apt.13344. Accessed online 3/6/2017 at .[drugs.com]

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