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Medicines That May Cause Rashes in Children

Medicines That May Cause Rashes in Children

Many medicines can cause a rash. Some of the more common medicines that cause rashes are:

  • Antibiotics, such as penicillin, cephalosporins, sulfonamides, or vancomycin.
  • Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen.
  • Barbiturates, such as amobarbital or pentobarbital.
  • Blood and blood products.
  • Complementary and alternative medicines, such as echinacea.
  • Contrast dyes used in X-ray studies.
  • Nitrofurantoin, such as Furadantin, Furalan, or Furatoin.
  • Pain medicines that contain codeine and codeine-like compounds.
  • Seizure medicines, such as carbamazepine or valproate.

If a rash occurs after your child has begun a new medicine:

  • Stop giving the medicine to your child.
  • Call the doctor who prescribed or recommended the medicine to determine if another medicine needs to be prescribed.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Last RevisedJuly 19, 2010

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