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IMAGES IN ACADEMIC MEDICINE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 103-105

Varenicline-associated cutaneous reaction


1 Department of Family Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Department of Pharmacy, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
3 Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Correspondence Address:
Sudip Nanda
Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Hospital Network, 801, Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
United States
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2455-5568.183337

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We report the first case of varenicline-induced urticaria in a 43-year-old female patient. Varenicline is a partial agonist of the α4β2nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, which is a frequently prescribed smoking cessation aid. Patients need to be aware of drug-induced urticarial reaction, and that prompt medical attention is needed. We review the recognition of mechanisms of pathogenesis and treatment of drug-induced urticaria. In addition, we review the differential diagnosis of urticaria and side effects associated with varenicline and report a novel cutaneous reaction. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care and medical knowledge.


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