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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

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People around here are dropping like flies with the flu.  Figured I should get some cold type meds before I need them as it can be a hassle to check gluten-free status.

 

Target's brand - Up and Up - has some things labelled gluten-free.  The cough drops even said "certified gluten-free" with the gluten-free in the circle symbol. I found Cold meds that said gluten-free on the box.  Looked at some kids meds and they said gluten-free, too.

 

 The ibuprophen said gluten-free on some boxes.  Not all sizes - the 24 count and 100 count said gluten-free - the 200 count didn't.  Not sure why.  Might just be that they had a lot of the actual boxes purchased and are just using up the old cardboard.   I like the small boxes because certain tall people  grab them and put them in back packs, never to be seen again.  This way we only lose a few at a time.  And they only cost about $1.10 a box.  

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I love Target for buying generic meds! No one else is as awesome at labeling. When I don't go there, I end up spending an hour in a drugstore calling the number on the back of every box I pick up just to buy some ibuprofen or something. <_< My favorite cold/flu medicine though is the only brand name I ever buy, Vicks Nature Fusion... maybe I should check Target for a generic of that because it costs a fortune!

 

Also, people here are dying too. A not particularly old dance teacher at the local university died this week, and obviously a dance teacher is someone in good physical shape. In TX someone one of my BILs works with died. It's gotten to the point that it's scary, even though we both get our flu shots. :ph34r: The flu is supposed to make you wish you were dead for a week, not actually kill you. :unsure:

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I love Target for buying generic meds! No one else is as awesome at labeling. When I don't go there, I end up spending an hour in a drugstore calling the number on the back of every box I pick up just to buy some ibuprofen or something. <_< My favorite cold/flu medicine though is the only brand name I ever buy, Vicks Nature Fusion... maybe I should check Target for a generic of that because it costs a fortune!

 

Also, people here are dying too. A not particularly old dance teacher at the local university died this week, and obviously a dance teacher is someone in good physical shape. In TX someone one of my BILs works with died. It's gotten to the point that it's scary, even though we both get our flu shots. :ph34r: The flu is supposed to make you wish you were dead for a week, not actually kill you. :unsure:

 

The Nature Fusions are supposed to be gluten-free and dye free and artificial flavor free.  I just couldn't find it at the two places I looked.  Where do you get it?

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I usually get it at Wal-Mart. I've also seen it at Rite-Aid but they charge approximately an entire extra limb for it.

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