Advertisement

Are drug allergies inherited?

Is anyone in your family allergic to a specific drug or type of drugs? If so, be warned: You may well have inherited an allergic tendency and should be careful what drugs you take. May sure you let your doctor know about any history of drug allergies in your family.

Drug allergies are not inherited—they are acquired during someone's life. Typically, to develop a true allergy to a medication, someone must be exposed to that drug multiple times. However, he or she may be more likely to develop an allergy if other members of the family are allergic to similar types of medications.

Continue Learning about Allergies

That Labradoodle May Not be Hypoallergenic After All
That Labradoodle May Not be Hypoallergenic After All
The white dog in the picture is a Labradoodle—the offspring of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Like a lot of people (including the Obamas), our int...
Read More
What are common indoor allergens?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Allergies occur when your body has an exaggerated response to a harmless substance, known as an alle...
More Answers
5 Surprising Allergy Triggers
5 Surprising Allergy Triggers5 Surprising Allergy Triggers5 Surprising Allergy Triggers5 Surprising Allergy Triggers
Watch out for these unexpected causes of allergy flare-ups.
Start Slideshow
What Are Symptoms of Dairy Allergies?
What Are Symptoms of Dairy Allergies?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.