Tackling the Patient with Multiple Drug “Allergies”: Multiple Drug Intolerance Syndrome

Autumn Guyer, Melissa M. Iammatteo, Merhunisa Karagic, Eric Macy, Elina Jerschow

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Abstract

As populations age, the prevalence of reported drug “allergy” increases, often leading to suboptimal care and increased morbidity because of unnecessary avoidance of safe and effective medications. Evaluation by a drug allergy specialist is often warranted when a patient has more than 2 unrelated drug “allergies” listed in the medical record. In this commentary, we clarify and propose standard terminology to use when evaluating patients with multiple drug allergy labels including and more specifically when diagnosing multiple drug intolerance syndrome and the much rarer multiple drug hypersensitivity syndrome. We review epidemiology and key features of multiple drug intolerance syndrome and multiple drug hypersensitivity syndrome. We summarize the methodologic and practical diagnostic workup and management of individuals with MDIS to assist with the accurate delabeling of drug “allergies” in the electronic health record.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2870-2876
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Drug allergy
  • Drug challenge
  • Drug hypersensitivity
  • Drug intolerance
  • Multiple drug hypersensitivity syndrome
  • Multiple drug intolerance syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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