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So I've been taking a generic Omeprazole for the last couple of weeks, and have had two reactions from CC in that time. I've gone through everything I've eaten and taken, called manufacturers of meds...and the only conclusion I can come to is something, either CC or a binding agent, in the Omeprazole. I usually get it through a mail order pharmacy (won't do THAT anymore), and it was a different brand when I got it refilled - Dr. Reddy's. When I called Dr Reddy's, they told me that there were no gluten ingredients, but that they receive the ingredients from other sources and could not confirm the ingredients were truly gluten free. The way she described it was that all they do is "put it [the drug] together." Well, that's comforting...

Has anyone else had problems with this brand?

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So I've been taking a generic Omeprazole for the last couple of weeks, and have had two reactions from CC in that time. I've gone through everything I've eaten and taken, called manufacturers of meds...and the only conclusion I can come to is something, either CC or a binding agent, in the Omeprazole. I usually get it through a mail order pharmacy (won't do THAT anymore), and it was a different brand when I got it refilled - Dr. Reddy's. When I called Dr Reddy's, they told me that there were no gluten ingredients, but that they receive the ingredients from other sources and could not confirm the ingredients were truly gluten free. The way she described it was that all they do is "put it [the drug] together." Well, that's comforting...

Has anyone else had problems with this brand?

The generic omeprazole that I buy over the counter has no gluten ingredients. I have used it off and on for years.

Some antacids will have a cleansing effect on me (if ya know what I mean) from time to time, but I don't consider the cause from gluten.

I believe that few, if any "filler" ingredients in meds would be sourced from gluten. And the statement from the company is a general CYA statement.

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I'm guessing it has something to do with this particular formulation. I've used other brands, and felt just fine with them. I stopped taking it the end of last week, and feel SO much better!

I did a little digging on the company this weekend. I found that the FDA cited them in July 2011 for CC issues. (Unfortunately, it did not cite the ingredients that would be CC issues, so we'd only be assuming or guessing) I'm sure CC is an issue with all drugs, and most if not all drug makers have been cited at one time or another. But the timing of it struck me since my perscription was filled in

August. That said, it wouldn't be right to say that it was this for sure. It just seemed a little odd.

I also got it through a mail order pharmacy. So what happened there when my perscription got filled, who knows. Probably won't be doing that again! I guess the general rule for drugs is the same as everything else - don't be afraid to go overboard with caution.

So I'm not sure if it was a CC issue, or just something else in that specific formulation, but I fell way better without it for sure! I will definitely be sticking to brands I know the next time I need it.

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I also think I had a reaction this week due to my generic trileptal meds omeprazole. I know everything I've been eating is fine. Only thing that made me uncertain it was the meds is that I also had tried some stubbs marinades but have researched and found all their products to be gluten free sometime in 2010 I believe. So I also for 3-4 days this week couldn't stay out of the bathroom (not very productive at work going 6-8 times in 8 hrs :(.) only thing I can think of is the omeprazole. Since I was diagnosed around 2 months ago I stopped taking most meds but my prevacid due to being afraid of what is in everything. The websites I looked at said it shouldn't contain gluten but now reading this post makes menthink otherwise. Thanks for helping a newbie get through this. This site has been a life saver. Thank you all. And anyone with any insite as to what brands are ok I'd love to know. I also do mail away program because it is cheaper to get 90days at a time through cvs Caremark. Thanks for listening and I hope to figure out more about this omeprazole issue.

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Hey Triple,

I'm with you on the meds! I don't take much to begin with anyway, and am trying to take less even now. Basically, I just take a multi vitamin, and that's about it. I've read a LOT of people use Nature Made for vitamins.

After doing a little reading on here, even though I know it's cheaper, I'm going to try to avoid the mail order. Only because I don't know how they handle it, what they're handling before, what brand they're going to give me...for me personally, it's a lot of unknowns. For some people, they're ok with that. Some are not. I'd rather be able to give specific instructions face to face at the pharmacy. I have used the CVS generic omeprazole OTC with no problems, and their consumer help line was very kind and helpful. (Also, have you thought about trying to wean yourself off it? Unless I've been glutened, my reflux is virtually gone! It was obviously a symptom of the intolerance. Might be worth asking your doc) They also said they are working on gluten free labeling. :) I'm learning that sometimes, it's just trial and error, and it can look like something completely random when you do get hit. But hang in there! Write down everything that causes a reaction - even if you don't know why and it seems like it shouldn't bother you - so you know to research it or avoid it in the future.

Welcome to the club! Glad to be of help.

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I have been working on weaning myself off of omeprazole. It has taken me 6 months to go from 2 omeprazole a day to 1/2. What has worked for me is taking 3.5 oz of liquid aloe 2x's a day. Just can't seem to work past that last 1/2 though.

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I just called manufacturer and they stated that dr. Reddy omeprazole is not gluten free!

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I just called manufacturer and they stated that dr. Reddy omeprazole is not gluten free!

 

Generic omeprazole is only available by prescription.  Dr. Reddy's omeprazole is an OTC product therefore formulated differently.  We don't want to mis-represent what product is actually being discussed in the thread.

 

Colleen

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Omeprazole is available OTC brand and generic and through RX brand and generic.  Whether it is behind or over the counter depends on the strength.  Many insurance plans still pay for it as an RX at the higher strengths, so this is why you see it available both places.

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Yea.  That's what it looked like when I checked out this Dr. Reddy.  It was news to me.  I'm finding that a bunch of meds are going OTC and I think sometimes people may be unaware that these are different strenghts and formulas.  It all makes for more confusion to me :lol:

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