Excipients: Suggested questions

Last updated: Friday, October 21, 2016

They may not apply to every situation you come across, but here are some questions you should be thinking about in practice.

The Medicine

  • How long has the patient been taking any medication that might be the source of the problem? 
  • What is its brand name or manufacturer?

The Patient

  • Is the patient known to react to a particular excipient, or is the reaction only suspected to be caused by an excipient? 
  • What is the nature of any known or suspected reactions to excipients?
  • Has the patient had a similar reaction with any other medicine, food or drink?

Going Forward

  • How can we document a potential allergy or intolerance to help the patient avoid further exposure in the future?