Sunday, January 2, 2011

are YOUR drugs gluten free?

i'm not sure mine are...

i've been on doxycycline hyclate since the 29th of december...that's four days now.  and for the first time in a long time, i've been back to taking my zofran for nausea.  and in some cases, being sick anyway.  so i checked it out and the side effects are nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.  okay, so that's explainable.  but after talking to mom about it, we wondered: does it have gluten in it?  so we do a little research - www.glutenfreedrugs.com.  if you take medication, have you considered the possibility of it being gluten free or not?  i never had.  Gluten Free Drugs has a drug list - and you can read it in several different ways, but i chose the alphabetical list.  so i checked out my doxycycline...there are three manufacturers that ARE gluten free and have been checked.  naturally, the manufacturer on MY generic hasn't been checked, and i'll be darned if i can figure out how to do that.  so now i wonder...am i back to being sick because my meds to make me not sick are making me sick?  (get that?)

i also double checked my daily meds.  my celexa is good.  but - and if you have a thyroid disease as well, this is important - synthroid can no longer guarantee a GF status.  well, yikes.  isn't that the only thyroid drug out there?  and i know it doesn't even come in generic.  so i'm questioning it.  guess i'll be asking the doc when i go back.

what about you?  anybody else come across drugs making them sick?  i want to thank the people at Gluten Free Drugs for posting this list.  it's nice to be able to check my meds against it and, if necessary, make changes.

2 comments:

  1. Synthroid does have a generic called levothyroxin. It might not be available at your pharmacy, but it is what I've been using for years. Not that this helps you cut gluten out of your life, but maybe it can cut a little green out of your budget.

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