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I am allergic to medicines, can I get my tooth extracted?

Q: I have a decayed tooth on the right side of my lower jaw. My dentist has advised me to get it extracted. I am allergic to a wide range of medicines especially sulpha, penicillin and certain drugs. I was put on a course of erythromycin and dolo-650 twice a day for the infection to subside so that the tooth could be extracted. During the extraction, after local anaesthesia was administered, my body and hands turned chill and I became very weak. My blood pressure was checked and it came out to be 154/80. I also suffered from severe headache on left side of my head. Since it was the second day of my menstrual cycle, the doctor advised me not to go for the extraction. My teeth have been extracted using local anesthesia before but I have never had a problems like this. Since I am nearing menopause and it was the second day of my menstrual cycle, would this have caused the problem? I seem to be allergic to every medicine, is this related to a heart problem? My dentist has advised me to go for tooth extraction using a mild sedative, will it cause any problem?

A:It is not uncommon to find some individuals allergic to a host of medicines. If you are not allergic to local anaesthetic you can go ahead and get your extraction done. You may choose to get it done in a specialised hospital to be on safer side and consult your treating physician and dentist priorhand. No, it has nothing to do with any heart trouble.

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