In 2013, a study by Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center found that nearly seventy percent (7 out of 10) of Americans are on at least one medication and more than half received two prescriptions. Also it was noted that twenty percent of Americans are taking five or more prescription medications. I bring this to attention because if you suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance this could be causing you a problem. There are no requirements from the FDA for pharmaceutical companies to label gluten-containing medications. Although they are encouraging them to voluntarily do so, that doesn't mean you are home free. Remember that gluten of any amount can cause the continued inflammatory response that you have been experiencing. Being aware of what you are ingesting and putting on your body is a key element to the healing process of your gut. Check with your physician or with the pharmaceutical company directly to assure that your medication(s) do not contain gluten.
Gluten-Free Drugs is a resource about gluten-containing medications. This is a great starting point, but does not take the place of contacting your physician or the manufacturer company to get a full list of ingredients.
Below are additional articles discussing this matter.
FDA Issues Gluten in Drug Products and Associated Labeling Recommendations
7 out of 10 Americans Take Prescription Drugs
Hello, my name is Rachel. I am a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and a registered nurse. I have a passion for educating people on nutrition. I strive to "Put life back into your lifestyle," by connecting you to the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding gluten-free living and other topics on nutrition. Check out my blog, website, and feel free to drop me a line!