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Please help. Anyone trying to concieve is there a gluten-free clomid

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I am seeing a fertility specialist because we have been having difficulty trying to conceive. I am diagnosed Celiac and have been on the gluten free diet for 2 and a half years. Please note that I have had bloodwork done lately and have NOT been getting cross-contaminated. I am not asking about why I am having fertility issues, but about a specific medication (clomiphene citrate) that is commonly used for infertility. The brand name of this medication that was gluten-free, Clomid, was discontinued. The generic I was prescribed from the manufacturer Par Pharm is not gluten-free (I called them). I have tried calling pharmacies and searching the internet and I have been unable to find any other manufacturer of this medication. Has anyone else on here tried fertility treatments? Have you found another manufacturer of this medication (clomiphene citrate) that is gluten-free?

Thank you! I appreciate any response!

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I looked on the FDA website and unfortunately Par Pharm is the only approved generic version.  Did they say it actually contains an ingredient with gluten, or that it has a chance for contamination?  I couldn’t find a label on the FDA site.

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Found a package insert on the Par site (linked).  The inactive ingredients are corn starch, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized corn starch and sucrose.  It is great that they list the source of starch, not everyone does!   None of those ingredients should contain gluten, so any gluten would be from contamination.  Pharmaceutical manufacturers have to do rigorous cleaning of their equipment if it is not dedicated to a single drug, to be sure that the active ingredient doesn’t get into the next drug.  I doubt that you would get much gluten from this generic.

Hope this helps, good luck with your quest for fertility.

Link to package insert doesn’t look like it worked, you can look it up from here.

https://www.parpharm.com/products/product-catalog.php

Clomiphene-Citrate-Tablets.pdf

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Thank you so much for your reply!!! I did not even think about looking on the FDA website.

What they told me when I called was "it (ingredients) comes from gluten sources." They told me they weren't allowed to say anything more.

I'm not really sure what that even means. I know that bourbon comes from gluten sources, but is usually gluten free because of the process used to make it removes the gluten.

Is there a way to find out the ingredients of a drug or are they allowed to keep that secret?

Thank you!

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1 minute ago, BDD said:

Thank you so much for your reply!!! I did not even think about looking on the FDA website.

What they told me when I called was "it (ingredients) comes from gluten sources." They told me they weren't allowed to say anything more.

I'm not really sure what that even means. I know that bourbon comes from gluten sources, but is usually gluten free because of the process used to make it removes the gluten.

Is there a way to find out the ingredients of a drug or are they allowed to keep that secret?

Thank you!

I wonder if you called again and got another person - if you would get another answer?  Its so frustrating.  They don't test for gluten so thier lawyers say they can't call it gluten free. 

Based on the ingredients listed above,I would take it..... I mean if I was 20 years younger and wanting another baby.  I hope it helps you.

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10 minutes ago, kareng said:

I wonder if you called again and got another person - if you would get another answer?  Its so frustrating.  They don't test for gluten so thier lawyers say they can't call it gluten free. 

Based on the ingredients listed above,I would take it..... I mean if I was 20 years younger and wanting another baby.  I hope it helps you.

Yes, I am going to take it. Trying to find out if it contained gluten wasted a bunch of my time today. Pretty irritating. I also texted my doctor some so it wasted his time.

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On 5/18/2018 at 5:55 PM, BDD said:

Yes, I am going to take it. Trying to find out if it contained gluten wasted a bunch of my time today. Pretty irritating. I also texted my doctor some so it wasted his time.

Did you end up taking the generic Clomid, can you report on whether you got glutened? 

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This is an older post, but I think the drug in question likely does not contain gluten... however the company that makes it likely cannot guarantee that it is gluten free to the 20ppm or less standard.

If I were in this situation, I might get myself a NIMA tester, and figure out how to run the test on each batch of medication before I took it.

Not a doctor... not medical advice!

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