For those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, even a minute amount of gluten can present serious problems. While avoiding the obvious gluten-laden foods, such as bread and pasta, may be easy, it is more difficult to avoid drugs that may contain small amounts. Some drugs may contain gluten in the form of a filler or coating, while others may have become contaminated by equipment on which other gluten containing products were manufactured. Luckily, with awareness of celiac disease on the rise, more companies are producing gluten-free ingredients, ensuring that products are not cross-contaminated and making the public aware of their gluten free products.
Keep in mind that companies constantly change the ingredients or the way in which the product is manufactured. Contact the manufacturer directly before taking a new medication.
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Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers that are gluten-free include Advil, Aleve, Excedrin Migraine, Aspirin-Free PM, Motrin, St.Joseph’s Aspirin, Tylenol and Tylenol PM.
Over-the-Counter Cold and Allergy Medications
The following over the counter cold and allergy medications are gluten-free: Chlortrimetron, Dayquil, Excedrin Extra Strength, Hall’s Cough Drops (sugar free only), Robitussin, Simply Stuffy, TheraFlu,Tylenol Sinus Severe and Vick’s.
Over-the-Counter Gastrointestinal Medications
The list of gluten-free over-the-counter gastrointestinal medications includes Effervescent Alka Seltzer Plus, Gas X, Extra Strength with Maalox, Imodium, Lactaid, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid, Pepto Bismal, Philips Original Milk of Mangesia, Prilosec and Tums (Ultra, Regular and EX).
Miscellaneous Over-the-Counter Medications
Carlson Vitamins, Vitamin Shoppe products, Dramamine, Nicorette, No Doz and Simply Sleep are also gluten-free.
Because pharmacies will often substitute a generic form of prescription drugs, ask your doctor to specify a brand name when she writes your prescription. It is often difficult to find out if the generic brand of a drug is gluten-free.
The following prescription painkillers are gluten free: Celebrex, Demerol, Percocet, Vicodin and Vioxx.
Prescription Antibiotics and Antifungals
Prescription antibiotics that are gluten free include Biaxin, Cipro, Diflucan, Flagyl, Keflex and Zithromax.
Prescription Allergy Medications
Allergra, Clarinex, Tavist and Zyrtec are amongst the list of gluten-free prescription allergy medications.
Miscellaneous Prescription Medications
Abilify, Ambien, Depakote, Dilantin, Flomax, Fosamax, Lopressor, Neurontin , Ortho TriCyclen, Paxil, Premarin, Prozac, Ritalin, Welbutrin and Yasmin are also gluten free.