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New research has found that patients with fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome who take multiple medications are more likely to develop severe drug intolerance than healthy patients.

Diagnosing multiple drug intolerance syndrome (MDIS) requires identifying the number of medications that patients have adverse reactions to and determining the type of reactions, including intolerance and allergies.

Drug intolerance reactions, such as headaches, nausea, or diarrhea, are often misidentified and mislabeled in medical records as drug allergies induced by immune system overreactions.

This study found that patients with fibromyalgia and IBS were 12 and 3 times more likely, respectively, to develop severe MDIS than patients of the same ages and genders without the disorders.

The study confirmed that taking multiple medications increased the chances of developing MDIS. This may result from prolonged exposure to a single drug or the prescribing of several less effective drugs to manage side effects.

Opiates caused the highest reported drug intolerance in fibromyalgia and IBS patients, a finding that differs from other MDIS studies in which antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications often have been the most common.

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