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Old 06-22-2005, 04:38 PM
Carol the Impaler Carol the Impaler is offline
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Spironolactone and sulphur allergies

If you are taking spironolactone, why is it important to let your doctor know you're allergic to sulphur?
Old 06-22-2005, 06:21 PM
iamamoocher iamamoocher is offline
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I guess from this link, spirolactone is metabolized into sulphur containing compounds.
Old 06-22-2005, 06:22 PM
groman groman is offline
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According to Wikipedia, the chemical formula is C24H32O4S, which makes it a sulfur based compound. I'm not a chemist, biologist, or what-have-you, but I'd venture a guess that somebody allergic to Sulfur based compounds could possibly be allergic to either spironolactone itself or (if it breaks down) its breakdown components.

However, I have never heard of anybody being allergic to Sulfur. In fact, I've never heard of anybody allergic to a specific element. But then again, as I've said, I'm not a doctor.
Old 06-22-2005, 06:52 PM
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It's probably not an allergy to sulfur the element, but, as already said, "sulfur-containing compounds", such as "sulfa drugs".

Sulfur is used in a variety of organic molecules for a variety of purposes. I'm not famillar with all the categories, however, if a person was (as an example) sensitive to a sulfa drug then they are much more likely to have a bad reaction to any other sulfa drug and it might be wise to choose alternatives (if they exist). That's just one instance where knowing a person's sensititivies/allergies could be extremely important.
Old 06-22-2005, 08:14 PM
Carol the Impaler Carol the Impaler is offline
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Ah, crikey.

Of course I meant sulpha, not sulfur.

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