Some Medicine Flavors \"Not Recommended\" for PA

Posted on: Wed, 12/18/2002 - 5:32am
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I went by Schnuck's (used to be Seessel's) pharmacy last night to have a prescription filled for Manuel. The dr. had warned me that the syrup was really foul tasting and suggested I take it to Schnuck's or Kroger to have it filled so they could flavor it for him. When the pharmacist asked if he had any drug allergies I said No, but he does have PA. He gave me a "menu" to choose the flavor we wanted and I left. When I returned to pick up the med. he asked me again about the allergies and asked me to change my choice(banana-orange). Some of the flavors are apparently not recommended for children with PA and they have a list prepared for PA kids. I just thought I would pass this along in case any of you use these pharmacies. Sorry, I don't have a list of the 'good' and 'bad' flavors; it didn't occur to me until after we had gotten home and settled that I should have gotten one. If anyone wants it let me know and I will grab one next time I am there.

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Posted on: Wed, 12/18/2002 - 5:37am
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Do you know why they are bad?

Posted on: Wed, 12/18/2002 - 5:54am
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The pharmacist didn't know exactly. I will try to call around and find out. There are several Kroger stores and a few Schnuck's nearby and I am very curious to know why myself. But last night I had a very grouchy toddler on my hands and didn't have the patience to wait for him to call the office to find out. Give me a day or 2 and I will let you know what I find out.
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Posted on: Sun, 12/22/2002 - 2:52pm
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Okay, if I have ONE more thing I have to worry about re PA, my head is going to explode. Seriously. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
Lilmansmom, could you find out, when you have the chance (hey it's Christmas, put it on your PA to-do list, mine is ever-expanding), could you find out if this flavouring thing is just specific to that chain of drug stores. I would suspect that it isn't.
What kind of medication was being flavoured?
I know that Jesse has taken antibiotic over the years and I believe it has always been banana flavoured. We've never had any difficulties.
When you do get an answer, I'd like to know, as the person above does, why the flavour was not safe for PA individuals, and again, if this is just those particular pharmacies or something that ALL of us should be asking our bloody drug stores.
As with the peanut oil scare in asthma puffers just a couple of weeks ago, a few of us may need to call pharmacies to make sure that our children are safe and I will send out a group e-mail to help inform people that are currently not posting on PA.com for whatever reasons.
I'm just ticked right off. What the he** is wrong with the world? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
Happy Holidays! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 12/23/2002 - 3:13am
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My husband works with pharmacists daily. I have asked him to check with his friend about this. As soon as I know, I'll post.
Lisa

Posted on: Mon, 12/23/2002 - 9:33am
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Of course, I had to get a Rx. for my dd today after reading this! I was so nervous when I got home, that I called the pharmacy. I had forgot to aske about this there.
Not sure about your med., but this was zithromax, and I have a wicked stuffy nose, but it smelled banana-ish to me. When I called, I asked about inert ingedients and peanut iols in flavoroings, and was assured that zithromax is safe for PA individuals. Just thought I would share to alieve any anxieties out there for that one. My dd had one does about 2.5 hours ago and is fine thus far! It is nice to only need to do one dose each day with this as well. becca

Posted on: Tue, 12/24/2002 - 2:06am
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The RX was for Protuss liquid, but the flavoring was to be added by the pharmacy to take away the original medicine taste.
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to follow up on this, like Cindy said "It's Christmas"! And it has been so hectic! I am fixing to run an errand now and I will stop and pick up the lists. And I will ask about the 'whys'. I will be back on as soon as I get a breath!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 12/24/2002 - 8:09am
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The pharmacist at a Schnuck's in Memphis, TN told me today that some flavors contain peanut oil to make them more soluble.
He couldn't say for sure whether Kroger or others use the same brand of flavors or not, so that is a question we will have to each ask individually wherever we get a RX filled. What I assume is the brand name on the menu says FLAVORX; the RX is the prescription symbol. And it has an orange slice in the background.
I got a copy of the safe list that reads:
IMPORTANT
For children with Peanut Allergies
Only use the flavors listed below:
Apple
Bubblegum
Cinnamon
Coconut
Concord Grape
Lemon Oil
Lime Oil
Orange Oil
Peaches & Cream
Peppermint
Pina Colada
Strawberry Creamsicle
Tangerine Oil
Watermelon
___________________________________________
The menu they have on the counter doesn't mention at all that some flavors may be unsafe for PA kids. I am going to try and find an address or email address where I could write to suggest that the bottom should read *Please let the pharmacist know if you or your child has a peanut allergy. Or maybe a "May contain..." warning. It would be awful for a child to have a reaction to something that is supposed to make them feel better!
I hope some of this has helped and I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!
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Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 4:05am
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LilMansMom - Thanks for posting this.
It worries me that I never knew to ask about the added flavorings safety for meds (this coming from a girl who calls manufacturers who make those happy face smelly things for the car that you hang from the rear view window and toothpaste manufacturers! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/mad.gif[/img]
We had Pediapred recently and it was a pre-mixed solution straight from the manufacturer so we're o.k. with that one because we received the full RX ingredients including inert straight from the pharmisists drug book.
I'm concerned as we've had RX flavoured antibiotics in banana and although we specifically ask to make sure the flavouring is not cherry (which almond is sometimes used to taste like cherry in other manufacturing), I'm really uneasy with this whole flavouring for meds.
Any Canadians know of where I could get more info (web links I guess is what I'm asking for, as it's alittle too snowy to drive over to the pharmasist today).
[This message has been edited by Syd's Mom (edited January 06, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 5:51am
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Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. It is especially frightening as none of the flavors would have risen a "red flag" for me. I am so glad your pharmacist was alert to the situation. I will now know that I need to ask about flavorings. Sheesh, what next?! Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 6:00am
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Just heard back from our Shoppers Drug Mart and my shoppers absolutely do not add any flavourings. (Please double check with your personal pharmacy). Shoppers was able to let me know other pharmacies in town do add flavourings - I have a call in to them as well to get a copy of their list of flavourings.
The only thing our Shoppers would ever add to an RX is distilled water to take it from powdered form to liquid. If it's not flavoured by the manufacturer directly, (which the manufacturer lists all active and inactive ingredients & contradictions in the drug summary sheet given to the pharmacy) it remains unflavoured by our shoppers drug mart.
Warm regards,

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