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Corn Problems And Medicines

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I think I may be corn intolerant as well as (currently suspected) celiac.

Does anyone have any advice?

Most of the meds I have checked seem to have either maize starch or maltitol.



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Ah yes, medicine and corn. :angry:

The only pain reliever I have ever found that does not contain corn (or gluten of course) is BC Asperin Powder. If you can't find it locally, you can get it online.

Unfortunately for me, I am salicylate sensitive and can't take asperin. So I have Tylenol made at a conpounding pharmacy. I have to have ALL of my meds made. The Tylenol costs $36 for 200 capsules. Everything else is really expensive too. And in my state (maybe in all states) you have to have a prescription to have even over-the-counter meds made. I get my prescriptions at the local free clinic so I don't have to pay for a doctor's office visit just because I have a headache!

The GOOD news though is that after 14 months of gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free and low salicylate, my gut finally healed enough that I can now tolerate corn starch, and that is the filler used in most pills and capsules. So when I run out of this last batch of Tylenol I am going to buy some at the store and see if I can tolerate it.

I hope you will be able to do the same eventually.


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Thanks so much.

I will have to have a check with my local pharmacies. This disease aint cheap!!

Good luck with the Tylenol. I am secretly hoping to be able to eat fresh corn again one day, as it seems to be mostly processed corn I struggle with.


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...I am secretly hoping to be able to eat fresh corn again one day, as it seems to be mostly processed corn I struggle with.

You know, if you react to procesed corn but regular corn seems mostly okay, you might want to check out sulfite sensitivity/allergy as a possible alternative. Processed corn (except corn meal/corn masa) is processed using a sulfited bath, so processed corn ends up being sulfited. Sulfite sensitive folks often react to it.

But regular corn doesn't go through this process, so unprocessed corn is typically okay for sulfite sensitive folks. Corn meal is often tricky, as in processed foods, there is often an oil that can make sulfite sensitive folks react. :-/

Here's a nice site that has more information, if you're interested:


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Thanks T.H.

I had been wondering about something like this, nice site.

On with the great celiac journey...


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