Being Sensitive To Medications

What Causes Sensitivity To Medications?

Sensitivity to medications can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose sensitivity to medications, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sensitivity to medications" as a symptom.  For example, cirrhosis of the liver.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
suspected liver cirrhosis
elevated eosinophil count
edema of the ankles/lower legs
recent onset nausea
edema of the abdomen
macrocytic red cells
red palms/fingertips
major unexplained weight loss
confirmed liver cirrhosis
itchy skin
weak appetite
nails that are mostly white
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sensitivity to medications.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering allergic/other reactions, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Are you over-sensitive to medicines at recommended doses? In other words, do you regularly experience side-effects, or do you find that smaller-than-recommended doses are enough?
Possible responses:
→ I don't use pharmaceutical drugs / don't know
→ No, I am not sensitive
→ It has been suggested
→ Sometimes definitely
→ Very sensitive
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not being medication sensitive, being medication sensitive or being very medication sensitive, The Analyst™ will consider or rule out possibilities such as Cirrhosis of the Liver.  Cirrhosis slows the liver's ability to filter medications from the blood.  Because the liver does not remove drugs from the blood at the usual rate, they act longer than expected and build up in the body.  This causes a person to be more sensitive to medications and their side-effects.
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