I was recently prescribed Atravent asthma medication (inhaler) at the end of a hospital stay. While reviewing the package insert that came with the medicine I was horrified to discover that the medicine is made with peanut oil! Had I inhaled the stuff, I would have been dead before I could have even reached for my epi-pen. Does anyone know of any other medicines that contain peanut oil? This was a very frightening experience. The dr. said he had no idea there was peanut oil in any medicine. The pharmacy (Walgreens) was informed of my allergy, but the pharmacist told me that they would not have noted it in my records because it is a FOOD allergy and not an allergy to medicine. They also tried to refuse to refund my money. Keep reading those ingredient lists.
------------------ Kip in Chicago
On Aug 27, 2001
There is a lot of information posted on these boards about the Atrovent Inhalation Aerosol--you could try doing a search for that very extensive thread if you want more information.
On Aug 27, 2001
I believe you can find info on this in the Unusual and Unexpected places to find peanuts thread (not exact wording, this old tired brain not working great tonight) I think it is under the main discussion board.
On Aug 28, 2001
This is taken from:
Atrovent Inhalation Aerosol and peanut allergy
From the October 21, 1998 issue
"PROBLEM: People with food allergies know that danger lurks in unlikely places, but few give much consideration to their medications. Moreover, their health providers may be unaware of important information that could prevent allergic reactions. For example, few health professionals are aware that the prescribing information for ATROVENT (ipratropium) Inhalation Aerosol states that it is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to soya lecithin or related products such as soybean and peanut. Neither the package label nor the tear-off patient instruction sheet attached to the package insert mentions a contraindication with peanut allergy. Complicating this problem, patients with peanut allergy can use Atrovent Nasal Spray or Atrovent Inhalation Solution because neither contains soya lecithin. We received a report about a patient with severe allergy to peanuts who suffered an anaphylactic reaction after using Atrovent Inhalation Aerosol. Incredibly, she was saved by the quick action of her 6-year-old child, who called 911." Note that they mention the fact that it is soya lecithin and not peanut oil that is present in the Atrovent Inhalation Aerosol.
Katiee (Wade's mom)