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It’s Mnemonic Monday! AGEP

On this Mnemonic Monday, we challenge you to remember drugs commonly causing AGEP, or acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. These drugs include:

Beta-lactam antibiotics
Calcium channel blockers
Macrolide antibiotics




Beta- Lactam

Calcium channel blockers, cephalosporins



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Further Reading

Check out the following article recently published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD):

Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis Caused by Terazosin Hydrochloride

Abstract: Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) is a rare cutaneous eruption mainly provoked by drugs. A case of AGEP in a 74-year-old male that was attributed to the ingestion of terazosin hydrochloride is presented. This is the first reported case of this association in medical literature. The history, clinical presentation, and pathogenesis of AGEP are discussed. Read the full article here.

Test your knowledge!

Which of the following drugs is NOT a commonly associated cause of acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis?

A: Ampicillin

B: Azithromycin

C: Cefazolin

D: Diltiazem

E: Foscarnet

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