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Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2006 - 2:38pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Carefulmom:
[b]There may be a version with dairy, but there is definitely a non dairy form. Otherwise all those foods artificially sweetened with it would be listing "milk" in parentheses due to FALCPA. It is a sugar alcohol and is commonly used in low calorie foods. It can be made in a lab just like lactic acid or lactate. Hershey`s has quite a few low calorie foods with it, and they have been labeling for the top 8 before FALCPA required it. If it were milk derived, it would be on the label.
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are you certain that this ISN'T dairy derived? it doesn't have to be labeled--it's a medication, not a food product.
and...all of the kosher websites i use as reference list the fastmelts as kosher dairy.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2006 - 10:46pm
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We carry both. We use the chewable when DD has a rash or hives & the liquid if the reaction seems a little worse.
DD prefers the chewables as I can slip it to her a little more privately (She's 6 & starting to be aware of what her friends think). Plus she likes the taste a lot better than the liquid.
Lea

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 1:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by shoshana18:
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are you certain that this ISN'T dairy derived? it doesn't have to be labeled--it's a medication, not a food product.
and...all of the kosher websites i use as reference list the fastmelts as kosher dairy.[/b]
Yes, of course it does not have to list it as "milk" since it is on a medication, but my point was that the same ingredient is listed on many food items where it would be required to state "milk" and it does not. So clearly there is a non dairy version of lactitol. I emailed the company and will post when I hear back.

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 2:27am
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Quote:Originally posted by Carefulmom:
[b] Yes, of course it does not have to list it as "milk" since it is on a medication, but my point was that the same ingredient is listed on many food items where it would be required to state "milk" and it does not. So clearly there is a non dairy version of lactitol. I emailed the company and will post when I hear back.
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carefulmom,
i wasn't trying to be confrontational -- i just didn't understand what you were saying about the labeling issue (didn't get that you were talking about the fact that it would be labeled on food products! my fault.)
however, i did confirm with pfizer today, spoke with a representative, that the fastmelts DO have dairy -- the lactitol is definitely dairy derived.
i wish they didn't; i would certainly be more convenient than the syrupy bottle in my purse!

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 3:05am
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Wow, talk about conflicting information. They responded to my email by emailing me to call them. I did and they said that for the Children`s Fast Melts it is proprietary information only released to physicians. Since I am one they said they would forward it to another department who will get back to me next week. I`ll be out of town next week, so I will post when I hear back. It does seem like since there are non-dairy versions, they would put the non-dairy version in an allergy medicine rather than a dairy version. I wonder if they were giving you information on the other Benadry Fast Melts (the ones that don`t say "childrens"). Apparently that is not propreitary, but the one that says Childrens Fast Melts is.

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 3:53am
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it IS dairy. i did talk to the woman about the children's fastmelts. i called last year about them as well. if you google the information, you'll find that it's dairy. if you call them, you'll get the same answer.
it's not a surprise. dairy is used in a lot of caplets in medicine as a binder, or in chewables (in this case, meltables) as a sweetner.

Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2006 - 5:15am
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my thoughts...if you talking about carrying benadryl in the event of a severe reaction...I'd use the liquid. Why? Do you think you'll be able to get your 2 year old to chew something if they are uncomfortable, cranky, crying due to a reaction? The liquid you can just pop in their mouth and it's done...
Adrienne
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Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2006 - 5:16am
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I just asked our allergist this last week when we were there for our check-up. He said that the Benadryl fast melts actually work faster than the liquid does. So I plan to pick some of those up to carry instead of the liquid. The fast melts are the tablets that you can stick under your tongue and they disolve quickly. My son is 8 thought so you might want to check on the dosage to see whether or not someone as young as your child can take them.

Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2006 - 6:49am
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We also use Triaminic Cough Thin Strips. The active ingredient is the same as that in Benadryl. One strip is the equivalent of 1 tsp of Benadryl. Our allergist said that since it dissolves immediately, it should be as effective as a liquid form. In addition, my son hates the taste of Benadryl liquid but likes the taste of ths thin strips.

Posted on: Thu, 07/20/2006 - 6:52am
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in case of MFA, please remember that the benadryl fast melts have both soy and dairy in them...fyi.

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