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Diagnosis & Treatment

The Food/Drug Allergy and Desensitization Program at Montefiore Nyack Hospital provides evaluation and treatment services to patients who may have a life-threatening allergy or adverse reaction to food or medication, including:

  • Chemotherapy for various forms of cancer (Rituximab, Cisplatin, Oxaliplatin and others)
  • Antibiotics for various infectious diseases (Penicillin, Sulfa, etc.)
  • Aspirin for heart disease and Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD)—a chronic respiratory condition that includes asthma, nasal polyps, chronic inflammatory sinus disease and adverse reactions to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
  • Anesthetic agents (Lidocaine, carbocaine, mepivacaine, etc.)
  • Intravenous iron therapy for anemia
  • Allopurinol
  • Anti-convulsants
  • Other medications

Your evaluation will involve a comprehensive medical history and physical exam and may include skin and/or blood tests. If a drug allergy is confirmed, we may consider an alternative drug to treat your condition. If that isn’t possible, treatment involving a drug challenge or drug desensitization program is done under close monitoring and supervision.


To make an appointment or to learn more, contact the Food/Drug Allergy and Desensitization Program at 845-353-9600.

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