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To the Editor:—
The letter from Dr. Frederick I. Gottlieb, published in The Journal, May 5, 1956, page 96, was of interest to me because of a similar reaction, presumably to meprobamate, that I have recently seen. On May 8, 1956, a 31-year-old female who is a patient of mine was given, by a friend, one tablet of Equanil, 400 mg., for relief of menstrual cramps. About one hour later she developed mild to moderate generalized itching and a generalized skin rash. This was followed by generalized aching, chills, and fever. I saw her about four hours after the onset of the above symptoms, at which time she showed a generalized erythematous maculopapular rash involving the entire body, extremities, and face. Her temperature was 102 F (38.9 C). Physical examination was otherwise negative. She was given Histadyl and Clopane capsules and epinephrine in oil by injection. The following morning she
McGee RR. DRUG REACTION. JAMA. 1956;161(11):1094. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970110060017