30 Oct 2012

The Author

Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


Talk To Your Pharmacist

I never thought to tell my pharmacist that I have Celiac disease.  It never dawned on me that she needed to know.  Why would she?  What difference would it make?

It makes a huge difference.  Many prescription medicines have gluten added as fillers in pills and liquid that will make me and you sick.  I am diligent about checking the labels of over-the-counter medications to insure that no gluten is in the formulation, so why didn’t I think to ask about ingredients in prescription drugs?

I should have known better.  I read every label on the foods I buy, ask restaurant employees to check for gluten and interrogate anyone offering me something to eat to be sure that it does not contain gluten.  But, I didn’t ask the pharmacist.

Red and Itchy Gluten Induced Rash

Shame on me.  Take a look at the rash on my back and the only thing that changed in my diet or skin products was a generic capsule prescribed by my doctor.  I couldn’t understand why my back was crazy itchy and after the process of elimination, identified the pills as the culprit.

I looked up the prescription on line but was unable to identify any of the filler ingredients.  Returning to the store, I asked the pharmacist and she was first surprised that I had not shared my Celiac information with her, and then attempted to find out what was in the medicine.  She told me that it is her obligation to tell me if medications contain gluten.

I did not expect the pharmacist to have a hard time getting the information, but she had to call the manufacturer four times before she was satisfied with the answer.  It did contain gluten and was the cause of my rash and upset stomach.  The pharmacist had to identify other manufacturers of the drug and then confirm which one is gluten-free.

Your pharmacist is there as your partner in your quest for good health.  Let him/her know about your gluten allergies to prevent any problems from prescription drugs. I learned this lesson the hard way.


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