The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Sulfonamide Cross-Reactivity
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A reader has questioned why the label for the COX-2 selective NSAID celecoxib (Celebrex, and generics), which contains a sulfonamide moiety, states that it is contraindicated for use in patients with an allergy to sulfonamides, while the labels of some other sulfonamide drugs recommend either caution or no precautions at all. The concept of cross-reactivity among sulfonamide drugs, particularly between antibacterial and nonantibacterial sulfonamides, has been controversial for many years. ... more
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