BEWARE INERT INGREDIENTS IN MEDS

Posted on: Fri, 09/10/1999 - 1:17am
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Last year, I was prescribed an antibiotic for a urinary tract infection--no big deal right? The pharmacist happened to enclose the sheet of info. that came with the med (the one people usually don't get unless they request it). She actually did this because I am sensitive to yellow #5 and she wanted me to see that this med did not have it. Well, I am so glad that I had that sheet of info. because there on the list of ingredients (the second item listed!) was hydrogenated vegetable oil. I called the pharmaceutical company to find out the exact
oil used. Guess what--they could not tell me and said that it indeed could be peanut oil. YIKES! Beware inert ingredients. These so called "inactive" ingredients can be very active for some of us. Also, let your pharmacist know of food allergies. In my case, the info. form that I had filled out for the pharmacy did not have a space for this. Since this happened, I now make sure that I write it in and that the pharmacist knows. I also routinely ask for the info. on a drug from the drug packaging.

Posted on: Fri, 09/10/1999 - 6:41am
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pHi Liz,/p
pThanks for the excellent advice about letting the pharmacist know about a peanut allergy. /p
pMy 5 year old son is allergic to Sulfa in meds but I didn't even think about the possibility of peanut oil being in there./p
pStay safe./p

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