It has been a while since I have found a medication that contained gluten. Maybe it is because I am always using the same medication, or maybe it is because I got a little too comfortable with the medications Jon & I take & have slacked in the department of double checking. Let this serve as a reminder to us all.
I was browsing Twitter yesterday as I was eating my lunch, when I came across several tweets about some varieties of Robitussin containing gluten. This is not a medication I normally take, even when I am sick, so it wasn’t on my radar. I normally consult Gluten-Free Drugs for information on the medications we take, and even that list had Robitussin listed as “safe”. It wasn’t until I read Jules’ blog that I found that she had done some leg work and narrowed down the versions that did indeed contain gluten (Thanks, Jules!).
- Robitussin® Peak Cold Cough + Chest Congestion DM
- Robitussin® Peak Cold Maximum Strength Cough + Chest Congestion DM
- Robitussin® Children’s Cough & Cold Long-Acting
Food & drug companies are notorious for making “new & improved” products. Even if there was nothing wrong with the old version, they want to increase their sales and market the changes. This can be a problem. New & improved can mean ingredient and/or supplier changes. Never assume that the product is the same as it was the last time you used it, especially if it has been more than a few months or it is a new season (cold & flu, summer allergies, etc). If a certain cold medication was gluten-free last winter, don’t assume that it still is. Research. If you can’t find updated information online, call the company & find out.
I admit it is very easy to get complacent. I am guilty of it and this can be a dangerous habit to get into. When we are sick, we just want to feel better. Taking a medication that contains gluten certainly won’t help in that respect, it will do quite the opposite.
So, let this discovery be a lesson to us all. If you depend on certain medications to get you through colds, flu, etc, now may do a good time to do some legwork. If you do some research & make some calls before you are feeling lousy, you will be all set if and when you need that medicine.
Additionally, this has prompted me to call my mail-in pharmacy. It has been over a year since I have investigated the medications that Jon & I order from them, so they need updated as well.
Do you check the gluten-free status of your medications regularly?