Vanderbilt's Drug Allergy Clinic provides expert care for individuals with all types of allergic reactions to medicines. Our mission is to eliminate uncertainty for individuals with potential drug allergies and to improve the safety and effectiveness of drug therapy.
Have you ever had a poor reaction to medication? Were you told you have a drug allergy? There's a chance that you had a one-time reaction and not a true allergy. Receiving a false drug-allergy diagnosis can jeopardize your health and create problems with your medical care.
People who are mislabeled as allergic to certain drugs may:
Penicillin is one example. Many individuals are misdiagnosed as allergic to penicillin since childhood, when in reality they are not.
Our experts can help determine whether you have a true drug allergy, and if so, what to do about it.
Through testing and consultation, we can help you understand which drugs are safe for you to take.
Our clinic is directly linked to the Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine's Drug Hypersensitivity Research Program, which studies severe hypersensitivities. These include potentially fatal hypersensitivities such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (SJS/TEN) and Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS).
As a patient of the Drug Allergy Clinic, you may choose to take part in our research program. This may involve additional tests such as collecting blood samples for well-documented drug reactions. This supports our research into predicting and preventing these reactions.