Now THIS is a gigantic pain in the ass. There is no current regulation on labeling gluten in medication and many times, the pharmacists won’t know. So you call the manufacturer, but even they don’t always know. Beyond frustrating.
Here's an example. I’ve been on a specific medication for about 12 years now. It renews every month and every month it’s the same pill. But one day Mrs. Dude picked up my meds. I opened the bottle and WHAT THE HELL?? They looked totally different. Checked the label…it was the right medication. Checked the manufacturer (since it’s a generic) and CRAP…a new manufacturer. Is it gluten-free??
I looked online. Nothing.
I called the pharmacy. Did not know.
They called the manufacturer. I waited.
They called me back. They said it SHOULD be safe.
There was potential good news in 2013 when the Gluten in Medication Disclosure Act was introduced in Congress. It went down in flames. And again in 2015. And yet again in 2019. Why? Because politicians are like most people; if it doesn’t affect them, they don’t care. And lord knows how many of them are in the pockets of the large pharmaceutical companies. A fellow celiac emailed his local congressman about supporting the act and what did he get in response? A canned letter bashing The Affordable Care Act. Unreal. This is why congress has a 9% favorability rating, falling below traffic jams and cockroaches.
I'd like to say keep the faith but I'm losing it myself.
In the meantime, the good folks at GlutenFreeDrugs.com continue to do their best help. They keep an updated list of drugs that their research shows are gluten-free. I appreciate their hard work, though I can't personally vouch for the information.
In the meantime, enjoy the Pistol Annies singing their song "Takin Pills".
Who I am. And who I'm not.
I AM someone who's been gluten-free since 2007 due to a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. I'm someone who can steer you in the right direction when it comes to going gluten-free. And I'm someone who will always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.
I AM NOT someone who embraces this gluten-free craziness. I didn’t find freedom, a better life or any of that other crap when I got diagnosed. With all due respect to Hunter S. Thompson, I found fear and loathing of an unknown world. But if I can share my wisdom, tell my stories and make the transition easier on you, I’ve done my job.
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