Why It Scared me:
When it comes to me and my Adrenal Disorder, trying to do everything I can to feel normal each day is my #1 priority. There are so many things I've thought about and considered each day that may be affecting my health. From food, water, sunlight, exercise, time I wake up, time I go to sleep, etc. I've pretty much thought of it all. But the one thing I have never considered was the one thing that affects how I feel most..my medicine. The medicine I take each day is what's allowing me to even be alive. Without it I would be dead and without it I wouldn't be here today.
To think that the very thing that is supposed to be keeping me alive could very well be getting me sick and killing me..terrified me. I was terrified that this was part of the problem I've been dealing with this whole time and terrified to think there would possibly be no solution. I had to look into it more to luckily find out this was not my problem. My medicine did not contain gluten and this was something I would never have to worry about. But it got me thinking, what if it did contain gluten? What if someone else goes through what I did and turned out not to be so fortunate. I know this is a very unlikely scenario but I really couldn't help and think about this possibly happening to someone else..I'm just thankful it wasn't me.
Gluten Free Medication List: (Prescription & Over the Counter)
Cold and Allergy
- Excedrin Extra Strength
- Hall's Cough Drops (sugar free only)
- Simply Stuffy
- Tylenol Sinus Severe
- Alka Seltzer Plus
- Gas X
- Extra Strength with Maalox, Imodium
- Pepto Bismal
- Philips Original Milk of Mangesia
- Tums (Ultra, Regular and EX).
- Advil (Advil Liqui-Gels® and Advil Migraine® are NOT gluten-free)
- Excedrin Migraine
- St.Joseph's Aspirin
- Tylenol and Tylenol PM.
- Carlson Vitamins
- Vitamin Shoppe products
- No Doz
- Simply Sleep
Why It's Serious:
Think about this, you're suffering from a cold or a migraine and all you want to do is get better. Obviously some of these things we take medicine for can come from the reactions we get to gluten. (Headaches, stomach pain, run down immune system, etc.) If you've already been glutened or are already suffering from a reaction in some way..imagine what adding more gluten to your system is going to do. Your body is going to get run down and your are definitely going to feel worse. Basically how I look at it is you're just adding fuel to the fire. And if you or any other person is unaware of the gluten in the medication you're taking, you may never know what the cause of you're illness is in the first place. The worst possible scenario is if you continue to take more and more medicine thinking it's going to make you feel better, but in reality it's what's causing you to feel worse. No matter what medicine you take, ALWAYS make sure to ask your doctor just in case. You never know what can come from taking medicine with gluten..most likely a trip to the hospital and that's the last thing anyone needs.
Note: Please share this with anyone that you feel would benefit from it to make sure the medicine they are taking is gluten-free. If there are any drugs that are not on this list that you are worried about, please let me know and I will get back to you. Thanks!