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Generic Acetaminophen?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:34 PM

I've been gluten-free for about 6 weeks now. All of my prescription medications and supplements are safe, but I'm concerned about my Target brand acetaminophen. I had been taking the Walgreen's version for a few months and this weekend I combined an old Walgreen's bottle with a new bottle from Target. I've been taking it off and on for knee pain and didn't notice any side effects until Saturday. I started taking tablets from that combined bottle on Friday, noticed some abdominal pain/discomfort on Saturday and then diarrhea and bloating on Sunday. And I took at least one dose every day. I didn't make the connection until last night, but the bottle looks safe to me unless the corn starch was subject to cross-contamination.

I plan to avoid any OTC painkillers for a few days until that intestinal irritation calms down, but I'm going to need to take something at some point. Is the Target version really that different? Can I assume that going back to the Walgreen's brand is safe? (I've been taking it occasionally throughout this whole gluten-free process) Or should I just stick with the brand name Tylenol which I've found listed on more than one list of gluten-free medications?


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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:48 AM

Hi there. I only use Tylenol brand as I have been glutened by other brands. Try googling Tylenol and you will see which of their products are test gluten free.
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:01 PM

I stick with name brand because I know it's gluten free. I'd verify the type of starch used in the walgreen's and target brands before using. It's most likely corn but it can be wheat.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:24 PM

Kirkland brand (Costco) acetaminophen is ok. Also check out http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:52 PM

Kirkland brand (Costco) acetaminophen is ok. Also check out http://www.glutenfreedrugs.com

I can't speak for any other brands, but I have verified the Kroger generic sold at Fry's grocery stores is gluten free. At least the batch I bought was. They also told me they plan to start putting a gluten free label on some of their OTC generics so you don't have to call to check.
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