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Does anyone happen to know if Target's ibuprofen inactive ingredients are gluten-free? I took two yesterday & today I have diarreah & I'm just trying to figure out if that explains it or not...The inactive ingredients are:

croscarmellose sodium

hydroxypropyl cellulose

hydroxypropyl methylcellulose

microcrystalline cellulose

polyethylene glycol

povidone

pregelatanized starch

red iron oxide

silicon dioxide

sodium starch glycolate

stearic acid

titanium dioxide

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You may want to call the company. I don't think otc drugs have the same requirements in ingredient listings as food. At least that is what have been told. Even if all the ingredients check out, they may not be listing fillers or something. I think some drug companies purchase their fillers from a third party supplier, and they can change from time to time. Sometimes they use gluten ingredients for fillers.

I haven't been doing this for very long, but this is what I've learned so far. I know that prescription drugs work this way, and it's been suggested to me that otc drugs are the same (which makes sense; why wouldn't they?) I've also heard that the name brand is more likely to be stable in their ingredients, whereas the generics are more likely to jump around between different third party suppliers in order to keep their costs low.

If anyone else knows more about this, I am interested to know? The whole drug thing is boggling to me; how are we ever supposed to know what's in them for sure?

Lisa

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I went through a phase of trying to buy name brand Advil, but I'm such a cheapy that was hard. I have been taking costco brand (kirkland) generic ibuprofin with no problems. I have been taking quite a bit recently, too, and I seem to be really sensitive to gluten stuff so I'm fairly certain there is nothing in that stuff.

Believe me, I'd be a big fat wreck otherwise... :)

Stephanie

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There's some very slim chance the pregelatinized starch could have gluten but the sodium starch is gluten-free. Odds are very high it's gluten-free, but you should check with Target to make sure.

Advil is gluten-free.

richard

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you can give target a call, just make sure you have the upc #. i did that with a product, they called the lab/manufacturer and got back to me on the status.

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I went through a phase of trying to buy name brand Advil, but I'm such a cheapy that was hard. I have been taking costco brand (kirkland) generic ibuprofin with no problems. I have been taking quite a bit recently, too, and I seem to be really sensitive to gluten stuff so I'm fairly certain there is nothing in that stuff.

Believe me, I'd be a big fat wreck otherwise... :)

Stephanie

I use Kirkland brand too- its the cheapest, it doesnt make me sick, and i find it works the best of any brand i've taken!

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