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Member Since 31 May 2007
Offline Last Active Mar 26 2010 07:13 AM

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Fluoxetine Capsules By Teva Pharmaceuticals

25 March 2010 - 09:25 PM

Starting a new medication tomorrow - and as always, it's frustrating trying to find a list of inactive ingredients online. This one has been especially difficult to come by, because I found the list for the tablets (safe) but not the capsules.
Anyone know if the 20 mg capsules (marked with 4356) from Teva are gluten free?
Also need to find out about soy & dairy.

Am I Overreacting Here?

19 February 2010 - 11:37 AM

I've been following the restrictive diet lifestyle for nearly 3 years, with good results for the most part. I am the one who cooks the meals in our household, mainly because my husband won't cook, even though we both work full-time (that's a topic for another day!). I would think by now that he's also well-aware of my restrictions, because he sees me struggle with meal planning, shopping, & dining out, but I feel like he still just doesn't "Get It" much of the time. For example, for my birthday, he bought me 2 boxes of flavored tea, neither of which I could drink because they contained barley extract. For Valentine's Day, he planned ahead & went to a gluten free restaurant/bakery & purchased lasagna, cinnamon rolls, & bread, for a special dinner for our family. That was incredibly sweet to me, because he doesn't usually do that. However, he neglected the fact that I can't have soy either, & all of the things he purchased had soy in them, so I could eat none of them. Only 1 week prior I had been to that bakery, & came home frustrated because they use soy in almost everything, which I very clearly told him.

Other times, he will do something like cut up a pineapple for all of us to have, neglecting to wash his hands first after having just eaten toast or bread or something equally "gluten-y", so what he's cut up becomes contaminated for me. I have explained my restrictions many times to him, including the risk of CC at home since he eats gluten. I tried to kindly express my frustration to him again after the Valentine's Day fiasco, explaining that while I LOVED the fact that he planned ahead, & did this all on his own as a kindness to me, I still felt left out because of the soy issue. I also told him that if the tables were turned, I would have felt mortified, apologized all over the place, & gone to the store to buy something to make him from scratch so he could still join in the nice dinner. However, once he realized his mistake, he didn't offer anything of the sort, & I cooked my own dinner. With the pineapple incident, he didn't apologize either, & basically said I'm making too big a deal of it because he made a mistake, & "there's more at the store if you want some".

I know this is a long rant, but as you can see, I'm frustrated by all of this, especially since this week I've been struggling with clearly being contaminated somewhere because I've been ill.

Any suggestions, or people who might have had similar situations in their relationships?

What Is Going On?

18 February 2010 - 10:04 PM

Three times in the past week & a half, I've developed sharp, shooting pains in my upper abdomen, which feel like they're directly in the stomach. One night it felt like nausea, though no vomiting. The past 2 nights I've been in significant pain, with it feeling like heartburn or something similar last night. Pepto tablets didn't do much to help, & I've been sticking with a bland diet. The pain isn't bad during the day, though I do feel generally queasy & tired. I tried Tums tonight, which helped a little. Tonight I have that familiar aching in my legs, & heaviness in my arms, which I used to get before I went off gluten & soy. I've been extremely careful, & have been virtually symptom free for several weeks now (I started Vitamin D supplementation, which has been so helpful). I don't know how this could be gluten, since I'm so careful, & it's happened 3 separate times lately. All 3 times I had eaten corn tortilla chips earlier in the day, but all 3 brands are "safe" ones I've used for a long time, with no changes in the labels.

Could this be another intolerance? Or something entirely different?

Any suggestions, advice, or wisdom would be appreciated. I feel awful & hope this goes away soon.



04 January 2010 - 09:57 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right area for this topic, so bear with me. Moderators, feel free to move this elsewhere if necessary.

Has anyone used monolaurin (one brand name is Lauricidin) to help with issues such as immune system problems? My new D.O. suggested using it to kill off microbes that might have infested my body including viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. This in turn is supposed to help my gut digest things better, & possibly even reduce the inflammatory response to some foods (not gluten though).

The research sounds intriguing, so I figured I'd ask if anyone has experience with it. Thanks!

Going To Lake Tahoe

04 January 2010 - 09:50 PM

Heading to Lake Tahoe, CA soon, & am hoping for some new suggestions on yummy & safe places to eat. Last time, we went to Freshies, & fell in love with that place. Talk about informed staff! They made an amazing meal (including fish & chips, & some quinoa cakes that were wonderful). We're planning on going there again, but would like ideas on other places people have successfully dined at too.


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