I am VERY allergic to polyethylene glycol and sodium laurel sulfate. I have had severe breathing problems, and headaches as well as tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, throat gums, lips and anaphalaxis. So far I have found that Claritan, Zyrtec, AllerD, Benadryl and Xyzal all have P.E.G. in them. I have had a very stubborn virus for 3 weeks now with a very runny post nasal drip, that is aggravating my throat, lungs and bronchi. Have been unable to find a decongestant/expectorant without P.E.G. Any ideas? Thanks.
Ethylene Glycol Poisoning - What antihistamines do NOT have polyethelene glycol in them?
- 27 Feb 2011 by Kermit88
- 7 May 2018
- decongestant cold formula, allergic asthma, headache, allergic reactions, ethylene glycol poisoning, polyethylene glycol 3350/propylene glycol, swelling, mouth, lips, throat
You have me very confused. Antihistamines as far as I can tell do not contain polyethelene glycol. Poyethelene glyhol is used for constipation as a bowel excuvant. I take actifed which has to be signed for at the pharmacy counter because it's ingredients are used to make cocaine. No prescription, just signed for.The actifed contains triprolidine & pseudoephedrine. I looked several more antihistamines & none contain a laxative. Think you have the wrong information. Put the indredients you are concerned about into the search box on the heading above, & do some research. Good luck to you... (and oh, Actifed helps running noses dry up etc... )
According to the FDA monograph Claritin tablets do not contain PEG
This from https://www.drugs.com/pro/claritin.html
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You could always double check with the manufacturer.
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It depends on the manufacturer for Claritin - the generic, made by SAMs club is glycol-free, as well as the CVS brand, I believe. I don't know about the sodium laurel sulfate - you just have to look everywhere to check every manufacturer. There is no blanket statement that applies to these ingredients - they are inactive ingredients, so companies can use them at will to make up the components of their medications.
Pseudoephedrine is a main component in many antihistamines. Please read https://www.drugs.com/monograph/pseudoephedrine.html for a long list of cold remedies containing this ingredient. In the chart at the bottom of the page, under "Preparations" you will see clearly that many of the products listed under pseudoephedrine contain polyethylene glycol in them also.
Therefore, with both acetamenophen (also containing P.G. - see other comments in this section) and psuedoephedrine as major components of many cold remedies, I have to approach all cold remedies and/or antihistamines containing either one or both of these ingredients, as having the possibility of containing polyethylene glycol. These would then have to be researched individually.
Kermit, I had to go out today, so I stopped & bought a box of the allergy ie Actifed I was talking about. Here is the info:
Name of Seller: HEALTHCARE (by a local "Everythings a dollar Store")
Called: Allerfed Cold & Allergy Tablets
Box of 24 tablets, Price $1.00
Drug Facts: Active ingredients in each tablet: Chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg & Phenylephrine HCI 10mg
Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose,magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, silica gel, stearic acid
If you need the rest of the info as uses & interreactions with other medications etc., Warnings, & so on, let me know. Also let me know if you can take this.
On the end of the box says is distrbuted by:
Great Lakes Wholesale & marketing L.L.C., Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Hope this helps you out, please reply
Kermit, a compounding pharmacist is the most knowledgeable about what is in medications. Beware of all ingredients, unfortunately you have to look up all the ingredients listed to find out what makes up each ingredient. My daughter was in the er 4 times in 6 mo. (last time she started to have a seizure) for this allergy and no one really believes it. I figured it out and began removing as much exposure as I could. All natural laundry soap, shampoo, foods, etc. her sensitivity has decreased greatly. I have motrin compounded without it cost .50 a pill and got her a medical id also. All of the medications I give her to releive the severe hives has some peg (benadryl, pepcid etc). Good luck.
Six months ago I developed a huge allergy to PPG and all it's other forms... damethicone, glycerin, etc. Stuffs rips me up. Check other names for PPG.
Also allergic to PEG. They go together as an allergy for many people. My throat, esophagus, roof of my mouth swell. Patch test, so I read is the way to go.
These are patrolium!! based products.
I will patch test when I can get off antihistamines. Kmart under their label SmartSense has a Benadryl capsule that works for me but read the content. It can change. Equate (Walmart) Children's Benadryl, Claratin.
Forget the FDA concept of inert ingredient. They sell out the the lobbiests.
Am also allergic to microcrystalene cellulose (inert ingredient). It's other name is wood pulp.
This is a very real allergy for lots of folks. Google... PPG allergy ... and glycol allergy. There will be more of us every day, as the FDA allows more and more of this in our meds, makeup and our food! Email the FDA!
The FDA is allowing up to 18% wood pulp!!! In bread and ice cream.
Google... how much wood have you eaten today.
Who would approve of our children eating trees and patrolium.
Liquid forms of many meds contain PPGs ( my allergy). Tablet forms contain microcrystalene cellulose(my allergy). Compounding the med is one way to go, search labels like Walgreens own, Kmart's own, children's labels.
Look out for PEG and all the other names for this stuff... "glycol allergy".
Lots of us have it!
Hi, I have recently been diagnosed with an allergy to polyethylene glycol and sodium laurel sulfate and am having difficulty adjusting to these allergies, it is causing a lot of distress as I am unalble to find things that do not contain glycols. The main thing I would like to find is an antihistamine to control the itching but noticed that you said that some contain glycols. Have you been able to find anything that you are now able to take that does not contain glycols and are you able to advise on anything else that I can do to help make life a bit easier. At the moment I am in dispair and desperately need advice. Thank you for any help you can give.
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