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
Sertraline - is sertralline gluten free?
Question posted by janmper on 4 Nov 2013
Last updated on 24 November 2021 by JohnT11
Because of the “fillers” that go into the medicine, there is no guarantee that it is gluten-free. Fillers are not made by the drug company. If the maker of the medication doesn't say it's gluten-free, it's probably not. I have a gluten allergy, so I've done a bit of research. Sometimes I get screwed over and it's brutal!!! I've found that the majority of makers of meds just don't care enough about gluten allergies, or don't take it to be serious. We can only wish that someone with Gluten Allergies or Celiac disease would be involved in the making of medications.
I went through this exact same thing. I have been paying out of pocket for Zoloft since sertraline is not gluten-free. Now my insurance won't pay at all they said it costs thousands. I guess I'll have to take the sertraline and hope I don't get glutened.
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.
Greenstone Sertraline is NOT gluten free! I called them last week. I've been looking all over for a GF version and have been unable to find one. I will post the manufacturer if I ever do...
There is a web side glutenfreedrugs.com, that you might find interesting.
- Sertraline uses and safety info
- Sertraline information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Sertraline (detailed)
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