Drug rashes: an overview

Primary Care Dermatology Society - PCDS
Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS)
Publication date:
06 July 2016


Drug rashes are also known as adverse cutaneous drug reactions (ACDR). This guidance addresses the following aspects of drug rashes:

  • Aetiology
  • History
  • Clinical findings
  • Management

For more in-depth information please refer to the related sections of the PCDS website on: 

  • Drug rashes - mild to moderate (most drug rashes)
  • Drug rashes - severe (urticaria - angioedema - anaphylaxis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / toxic epidermal necrolysis, DRESS syndrome, erythroderma)
  • Drug rashes - photosensitive

For detailed information on individual drugs the Drug Eruption Reference Manual is a very useful resource.