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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 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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I've been checking out the gluten free medication websites and have found very little help, and I hope maybe someone out there will have some answers for me. I'm taking the Sam's Club Member's Mark generic version of Zyrtec--Cetirizine. Besides the Cetirizine HCI, it lists as it's inactive ingredients: corn starch, FD&C blue #1, hypomellose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, titanium dioxide, and triacetin. Yikes! Gluten free?

Here's the next one: Sam's Club Member's Mark generic version for SSudafed. Besides Pseudoephedrine HCI, the pills contain carnauba wax, dibasic calcium phosphate, FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, silicon dioxite, and titanium dioxide. Gluten free?

I'm beginning to feel like a chemistry experiment here.

My next one is is Kroger brand Migraine Formula. This one doesn't list the inactive ingredients, but it just has Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and Caffeine. Gluten free?

Which brings me to regular old generic asprirn of any old generic brand out there. Should I avoid any or are they all pretty much gluten free?

Let's see. I have a few pharmacy companies I can't seem to find out whether their products are gluten free--Ranbaxy, NorthStar, and Watson.

I'm not sure how to contact these folks to get any answers, either. Thanks soooooo much! I'm definitely feeling a little crazy at the moment! :unsure:

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Hi Everyone,

I've been checking out the gluten free medication websites and have found very little help, and I hope maybe someone out there will have some answers for me. I'm taking the Sam's Club Member's Mark generic version of Zyrtec--Cetirizine. Besides the Cetirizine HCI, it lists as it's inactive ingredients: corn starch, FD&C blue #1, hypomellose, lactose, magnesium stearate, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, titanium dioxide, and triacetin. Yikes! Gluten free?

Here's the next one: Sam's Club Member's Mark generic version for SSudafed. Besides Pseudoephedrine HCI, the pills contain carnauba wax, dibasic calcium phosphate, FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, silicon dioxite, and titanium dioxide. Gluten free?

I'm beginning to feel like a chemistry experiment here.

My next one is is Kroger brand Migraine Formula. This one doesn't list the inactive ingredients, but it just has Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and Caffeine. Gluten free?

Which brings me to regular old generic asprirn of any old generic brand out there. Should I avoid any or are they all pretty much gluten free?

Let's see. I have a few pharmacy companies I can't seem to find out whether their products are gluten free--Ranbaxy, NorthStar, and Watson.

I'm not sure how to contact these folks to get any answers, either. Thanks soooooo much! I'm definitely feeling a little crazy at the moment! :unsure:

As to how to get a hold of pharmaceutical manufacturers I go through the 1800 # of my drug store (Rite Aid) and ask for their Pharmacist who has the telephone list for all their suppliers. In addition my medical insurance Co.'s pharmacy service (medco) also has given answers as to whether their is gluten in a medication from a specific drug manufacturer and seems used to getting this question asked. Hope this helps.

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I've had pretty good luck with finding contact info for drug companies by putting the company name and the words contact info in a search engine. I try to call instead of emailing as it usually gets a quicker answer. I generally say I am allergic to wheat not gluten intolerant or celiac as wheat starch can be used and some places consider that gluten free and the declarations for scripts, OTC drugs and supplements are different than for foods.

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Hi, I have a question regarding OTC glucosamine supplements. I called the toll free number on bottle to find out safety. I was told immediately that their product was gluten free and no chance of cross contamination. Her attitude was very flippant and any further questions were answered with same replies. The supplement is schiff move free triple action glucosamine for joints. I should have trusted my instinct and not taken it but I did. Four hours later severe nausea and chills followed by 7hours of vomiting and diarrhea. It's been 24 hours now, feeling better but GI symptoms still there. If supplements aren't monitored byFDA can they leave out gluten or possibility of CC on label and when you call? Any other calls I've made they have asked for lot numbers, not the case yesterday. Thanks for any info and help.

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