Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Medications & Frustrating Pharmacists
0

11 posts in this topic

Yesterday my doctor called in a prescription for me (nothing serious,just a little infection) and when I went to pick it up I asked the pharmacist to make sure the medication was gluten-free. I explained to him that I have celiac disease and even the smallest amount of gluten can be harmful. He stared at me and then said he'd look in to it. He spent about 30 minutes trying to figure it out before telling me he didn't think it had gluten in it,but that the manufacturer was closed.

Today I called the pharmacy back and told them that I needed them to call the manufacturer again to make sure there was nothing in it that would make me sick. The pharmacist asked me what happens when I have gluten and then told me that because I didn't have an anaphylactic reaction than she didn't understand why it was such a big deal if I ingested some. I nearly started crying,I was so frustrated that she was telling me this.

I just needed to vent,thanks everyone! Has anyone else had this problem with pharmacists? I know lots of meds don't have gluten,but it seems important to make sure any ones we take absolutely don't.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:
Yesterday my doctor called in a prescription for me (nothing serious,just a little infection) and when I went to pick it up I asked the pharmacist to make sure the medication was gluten-free. I explained to him that I have celiac disease and even the smallest amount of gluten can be harmful. He stared at me and then said he'd look in to it. He spent about 30 minutes trying to figure it out before telling me he didn't think it had gluten in it,but that the manufacturer was closed.

Today I called the pharmacy back and told them that I needed them to call the manufacturer again to make sure there was nothing in it that would make me sick. The pharmacist asked me what happens when I have gluten and then told me that because I didn't have an anaphylactic reaction than she didn't understand why it was such a big deal if I ingested some. I nearly started crying,I was so frustrated that she was telling me this.

I just needed to vent,thanks everyone! Has anyone else had this problem with pharmacists? I know lots of meds don't have gluten,but it seems important to make sure any ones we take absolutely don't.

What Pharmacy was it? What Country / State or other information? If it's a Chain, Email the home office.. Contact the Goverment body that the Pharmacist holds their License in...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was a very cold response and none of her darn business. But, you will come across many people who are ignorant to our issues. That's why self education is such a big part of our success.

It is best to contact that manufacturer and use the experience of hundreds here, who have been where you are now. There's great information here.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This pharmacist needs to be educated. Meanwhile is there another pharmacy you could go to? I also agree that the pharmacist should be reported, they are responsible for making sure that what they give you is safe for you. As to a lot of meds being safe, well unfortunately that really isn't the case. All your meds need to be checked and if they are generic they need to be checked at each refill. I would never wish celiac on anyone but it this persons case.......

If you can tell us what the med is someone here may know if it is safe or not.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My pharmacist doesn't get it either and thought they could just read the label. I always ask the doc. to write the generic and brand name of the med down for me. That way if I can't track one down maybe I'll have better luck with the other. I often end up with a day or so delay. I also have to call them myself and often have to track down the phone numbers myself. They finally are starting to get used to me so last time I was able to call from the pharmacy phone. If I have to look up the numbers myself, I try the manufacturers website or one of the gluten-free meds lists, but I'm not sure how up to date they are. There needs to be a better way! Unfortunately, I've heard your story many times here before from others.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




The medication is metronidazole, for treating BV and it was at a Walgreens. I asked for either the manufacturer's name/number or for them to call. They called and told me that the one thing that could possibly have gluten in it is made from potato. I'm still suspicious because they were so dismissive,but I think it's safe. has anyone else had experience with this? As I understand it,this is the generic of Flagyl.

Thanks everyone! It's always nice to hear the comforting comments and "oh yeah,I've been there". I know it's just a matter of informing them and patiently reminding them of what I need.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Momma Goose for the updated list.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just finished taking that very drug for that very reason. Flagyl (the brand name) is gluten free, but it is hard to find and is super expensive... even with our insurance 7 days was going to cost me $75.

Metronidazole is a serious antibiotic, and it's likely it will make you feel sick, but not from gluten. Make sure you take it after you eat a full meal to ease the stomach affects.

**I should add that mine was made my Pliva (which is part of Teva Pharmaceuticals). I'm not sure if someone else also manufactures it, though.**

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Metronidazole is a serious antibiotic, and it's likely it will make you feel sick, but not from gluten. Make sure you take it after you eat a full meal to ease the stomach affects.

And by all means, don't drink any alcohol while on it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The medication is metronidazole, for treating BV and it was at a Walgreens. I asked for either the manufacturer's name/number or for them to call. They called and told me that the one thing that could possibly have gluten in it is made from potato. I'm still suspicious because they were so dismissive,but I think it's safe. has anyone else had experience with this? As I understand it,this is the generic of Flagyl.

Thanks everyone! It's always nice to hear the comforting comments and "oh yeah,I've been there". I know it's just a matter of informing them and patiently reminding them of what I need.

i just finished a dose of this "flagyl" is the brand name and metronidazole is the generic name. i had no problem with it. i too use walgreens, but my pharmacist understands celiac. i had to tell him about it, and in the beginning there were many times that i could call the manufacturer myself. they will give you the number or the company's name. on every drug website you can call, there is a pharmacy or allergy promt. the person on the other end will ask you many questions, ie: allergies, doc, address etc. they will put you on hold for a little bit, but when they come back they will tell you with 100% if there is gluten in it, or in the generic brand. most of the time my pharm with do the research, but sometimes it is easier for me. i would report your pharmacist for their words, they of all people understand contraindications with medications. that remark was uncalled for. I am sorry you had a hard time with this particular pharmacist. i finally have one i trust, to the point that my nasal inhaler is now only covered by generic brand and it had gluten. it took them about a week but they found one that i could use and ordered for me. sometimes its all about customer service, one person can make everyone else bad. good luck. remember with this medicine absolutiely no alcohol, or red wine vinegar. it will give you an antibuse effect and you will vomit until the cows come home. make sure you drink plenty of water with this to prevent a yeast infection in your throat. don't forget as well side effects to this med as well as other antiinfectives is diarrhea, headache, cramping, and metallic taste in your mouth. the do subside eventually, but the taste is awful, use sugar free hard candies to help with that (gluten free of course) good luck

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,120
    • Total Posts
      919,470
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • thank you for the info, its very helpful to hear from someone else who has it and knows a lot about it. When you say I may be eliminating one problem vs 3, what would you think the other problems could be? It's frustrating because I even buy Uldis gluten-free bagels and what not and I still find myself reacting sometimes to that, I don't use butter but just gluten-free peanut butter, but like I said I don't know for sure if its from that or maybe something else. I have read on this site about a couple others that have had issues with uldis breads so could be that. but like you said I guess it can also just take awhile to get better. I read the other day that a lot of throwing up can put stress on your small intestine which can maybe cause your body to react to dairy, do you know anything about that or if that's true?
    • Thanks for the reply!  Yeah, I really should have gotten testing done before the elimination diet.  I had asked my previous doctor, but she didn't want to do it.  I was transitioning to a new insurance and couldn't get a doctor's appointment for awhile, so I thought I would just do the elimination diet.  After all, it might not have been gluten.  (<--that was my thought process...) Hindsight is 20/20.  I felt pretty good during those 3 weeks gluten free, and was not expecting how bad it would be when I added it back in.  Anyway, I found a new doctor and I think she would totally be willing to test me again 9 weeks out. I think she would also be willing to order the endoscopy if I brought her research and really pushed for it. Now that I know how good feeling good feels... I just can't see staying on gluten for another 9 weeks.  I honestly don't know how I would survive.  Even if it's not Celiac, and it's ONLY the wheat allergy... it's making my life absolutely miserable. Thanks again for the reply!  I think I'll go in Friday for the blood test and take it from there.
    • Hi Alok, I suggest not eating any soy.  Soy is one of the top 8 food allergens in the USA.  Soy has other things about it that are not helpful to us.  Plus it is often sprayed with pesticides that are not so great for people.  Maybe you can try some other food for a while?  Also it might help to wash all your vegetables before using them. Just some ideas, I hope they help.
    • What she said!     The antibody panel is an important part of follow-up!
    • I have Celiac, Hashi's thyroid disease, Sjogren's Syndrome and Reynaud's Syndrome.  All have gotten better, inflammation wise, after 11 years gluten free.  I am very strict with my diet, never take chances if I feel the food is not really gluten free and limit the number of times I go out to eat.  I am not saying I never go out but it is normal for my husband and I to not see the inside of a restaurant for 3-4 months at a time and then I only eat at the places that have never glutened me.  I am lucky in that the state I live in has 3 restaurant chains that are run/owned by Celiac's, so they get it right every time. You have not been gluten free for very long, in reality.  It took me three years to completely rid myself of all symptoms related to the disease.  I was 46 at the time of diagnosis.  I know it is hard to accept that healing can take that long but you have to measure it differently.  Looking back, you should feel better than you did a year ago.  As time goes on, healing slowly takes place until you realize that certain problems have disappeared.  It is not as cut and dried as taking an antibiotic for an infection. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03424/Elevated-Creactive-Protein-CRP.html  Read this article on elevated c reactive protein. It is by Dr. Weil, who is a Harvard trained physician who chose to go the more natural route to healing people.  All his stuff is interesting.  Yes, your elevated level will most likely come down, as you heal better.  Pay attention to it but don't let it freak you out too much! 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,159
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Anns
    Joined