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Allergies

Penicillin reaction

08/14/2009

Question:

I am taking pennicillin for a tooth infection. I have severe osteoarthritis in my shoulders and have noticed more than usual pain and stiffness in my shoulders. Nothing in my routine has changed except taking the pennicillin. Is there a possibility I am having some type of reaction?

Answer:

Your current joint pain is not related to penicillin. However, if you develop hives or other skin rashes while you are taking penicillin, joint symptoms can be associated.

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Response by:

I Leonard Bernstein, MD I Leonard Bernstein, MD
Clinical Professor Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati