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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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Boatguy    0

Hello. This is my first post. (I think)

I have celiac disease. I have been symptom free for a long while. My wife and I were so happy that I was symptom free because we struggled with gluten and CC for a long time.

The other day I found myself with terrible symptoms. Of course we immediately tried to determine the cause. We seldom go to restaurants because of frequent cross contamination. And my diet has not changed one bit. There was only a single change we can come up with. That change is in one of my BP medications.

When my wife picked up my Carvedilol/coreg the pharmacist said, "These pills look different, but don't worry, they're the same." Okay, we have heard this about medications before and it never caused a problem.

I take two of these sort of large pills per day. If the binder has been changed to one related to wheat gluten this is the source of my problem.

Thing is, it took ages to get my BP under control using a combination of meds.

Anyone have suggestions? Thank you very much for your assistance.

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shadowicewolf    166

They probably gave you a genaric form of the pill. You ought to call the pharmacy and ask them who the manufacturer is and then call them.

Another thought i had would be you could be developing a new intolerence to something. It happens ya know?

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Adalaide    361

I will never, under any circumstances, fill a prescription without verifying with the manufacturer first that it is gluten free. I only take one medication on a regular basis as this point, every month when I refill it I verify that the manufacturer hasn't changed. I also call the manufacturer every three months to verify that it continues to be gluten free. I'm also possibly the most paranoid person I know. I do occasionally need to fill a prescription that I will only fill once, steroids, antibiotics, that sort of thing. I find that I frequently have to pharmacy hop to find a manufacturer I can trust, or even contact sometimes. (There is one in India without a US number, I can't wait for an email from India to fill an antibiotic or steroid, I need a human on the phone immediately.)

I would call the manufacturer of the pills right away tomorrrow. If you need to call your doctor for a sooner than usual refill, do so. Call around to local pharmacies, find out what manufacturer they use for that prescription or if necessary have your doctor prescribe the brand name. When you go in to drop off your prescription then again before you pay, verify the manufacturer. Paranoid? Yes. But really, is it worth being looked at like you're a weirdo to avoid what you're going through now?

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ncdave    10

use google an do a search for pill id, it"s pretty easy to find the mfg. then call ! my antibotics changed color, the doc assured me they were ok They were not ok !!!!

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Boatguy    0

Thanks, everyone.

We are still working on a solution. I quit that particular Carvedilol pill. I see my doctor on Thursday. Sometimes things don't work out as we wish, especially down in the sticks where we live.

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dreacakes    2

What were your symptoms? Some meds can cause inflammation in the GI tract, and cause nutritional deficiencies.

If you are interested, there are natural ways to lower high blood pressure.

This website is a fantastic resource for nutritional and health information: http://chriskresser.com/perfecthealth

I also found this article on how a study found that a blood pressure medication caused symptoms similar to celiac. Really interesting...

http://www.(Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned)/gluten-free-society-blog/high-blood-pressure-drug-side-effects-mimic-celiac-disease/

I hope you get it figured out and feel better soon!

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