I need to know if sertraline is gluten free, since I have celiac disease, and am experiencing diaharra. I know it can be a side effect, but that was my main ailment along with excruciating leg cramps for 8 years, and do not want to continue taking this if it has gluten. The mfg is Greenstone
I called Greenstone manufactures today (12/15/2014) and talked to Annetta and she said that one of the inactive ingredients could contain gluten. The ingredient in question is sodium starch glycolate. It isnt made by Pfizer. (Pfizer Inc. owns Greenstone LLC.)
I asked if I could have the name of the manufacture for the glycolate and she said that they have multiple suppliers and they dont know which one was used in my prescription.
She said they couldnt guarantee that Sertraline is gluten-free because of the questionable glycolate and because they dont have a dedicated gluten-free factory.
I asked Annetta for this in writing but she said that wasnt possible. She could only give me the information verbally.
You can go on Greenstone's website and look up Sertraline and download the USPI. On the first page of that document are the ingredients for this drug.
I personally looked into this because I took Sertraline for the first two weeks of November of 2014 and I developed a nonstop high pitched ringing in my ears and dry mouth. I stopped taking it after only two weeks and my side effects have yet to go away (it's now mid December). Both the tinitus and dry mouth are listed as possible side effects for this drug. On top of the side effects it may or may not contain gluten (I'm allergic to gluten).
What I've learned from this is to call manufactures before I start taking any prescriptions even though my allergies are known to my health care practitioner.
- Sertraline Information for Consumers
- Sertraline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sertraline (detailed)
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