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Medications Commonly Contain Hidden Gluten

One of the most common forms of unintentional gluten exposure comes from both over the counter and prescription medications.  Often times doctors are not aware that their prescribed medications contain the toxic protein ingredient, and their patients get a daily dose of hidden gluten.

Gluten Free Diet Challenges

The medication issue is often times a big problem in patients going gluten free and trying to restore good health.  I have seen patients stay sick because a prescription drug contained various forms of gluten.  The irony here is that the drug is supposed to have a benefit, but serves the opposite function in these types of cases.  There are so many ways we can get exposed to hidden gluten, the medicines should not be one of them.

If you are taking a prescription drug, make sure you check with the doctor, the pharmacist, and the drug manufacturer to get clarification on whether or not it contains grains.  For a list of  hidden terms used on labels go here <<<   Corn glutens are the most commonly found ingredient in medications.  You can find a list of hidden names for corn here <<<

Medications Can Also Deplete Vitamins & Minerals

Unfortunately, many doctors prescribe drugs without giving thought to the long term effects on nutrition.  As I have discussed in previous articles, nutritional deficiencies are one of the biggest problems that gluten sensitive patients face.  A lack of key nutrients delays, slows and in many cases stops the healing process in its tracks.  As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons a gluten free diet will fail has to do with a patients vitamin and mineral status.   The following diagram lists some common medications and the nutrients they inhibit or block:

Drug nutrient interactions

If you have been prescribed medications, the first thing you need to do is talk with your doctor.  Have him/her run lab tests to check your nutritional status.  If any deficiencies are identified, supplement appropriately.  If your doctor won’t help you with this, consider finding a functional medicine doctor who will.  The future of medicine does not lie in a doctoral dictatorship that orders you to follow blindly without question, but in a mutual relationship of concern between you and your doctor.

All the best,

Dr. O

P.S.

If you want to learn more about hidden sources of gluten, watch this video <<==

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4 responses on “Hidden Gluten in Medications

  1. laurel b-f says:

    Will you be sharing this info online for the rest of us where traveling is not an option. Live in WA state and would like to know what tests I should be getting. I was recently tested for gluten sensitivity. But, also have ulcerative colitis. Thank You Laurel

  2. I certainly appreciate you posting this article it’s a good source of information, and I think it’s important for all of us to realize that blood tests can come up as false negatives (or false positives). However, In Canada when you’re tested for celiacs you must first consume gluten for 4-6 weeks before they can accurately test you (the gluten challenge as I call it). The reasoning being it takes time for the antibodies to build in concentrations high enough the tests can register them.

  3. Do bioidentical hormones block vitamins or minerals too? All functional doctors arent created equal. I had one that didnt think I needed any of the tests that you recommend and I wasnt feeling better so I found a naturopathic that gave me the tests and its a good thing i did. Now i am feeling good and doing all the things that I need to do.. to get strong and back on track.. I can exercise, do the things I love.

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