Gluten-free & Sick

I don’t know what we got hit with in this house, but if it wasn’t the H1N1 flu, I have no desire to see what it is like.  We have gone through more medication in this house in the past week, it isn’t even funny.  On Monday I started to keep a log of all the medications that myself, Jon & Hannah were taking.  I couldn’t keep track.  I now have 4-5 pages full – not kidding.  Good news is that the kids only missed 2 days of school (so far).  Jon’s cough is gone (interesting considering he is the one with asthma).  Hannah and I both still have a nasty cough, though I think she is feeling better overall than I am.  I may have set myself back running a half marathon last week, but you know, you gotta do what you gotta do.  I think that I am on the mend now, but it is slow going. 

So the first obstacle that I came to was – what is gluten-free that will help this nasty virus?   I consulted my handy list and found I could take Mucinex & I know Delsym is gluten-free as I have called them to verify it.  Sudafed PE (and it’s Walmart generic are gluten-free).  Hall’s cough drops are also gluten-free.  I chose the Hall’s Natural Cough Drops (Honey Lemon Chamomile) as they have the least number of ingredients & no artificial sweeteners. 

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The most important thing, even above & beyond the gluten factor is to make sure that you are not overdosing by taking 2 different medicines that contain the same medication.  If you are unsure, always ask a pharmacist.  Some of the multi-symptom medications on the market not only contain a decongestant & cough suppressant, but a pain killer, too.  Also,  check to make sure that any other medications that you take on a day-to-day basis are compatible with the cold/cough medications.  I found out that one of my medications can have possible interactions with Delsym (dextromethorphan).  Good thing I asked. 

Hope you all stay healthy!  Wash those hands! 

 

 

 

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3 Responses

  1. So glad you all are on the mend, and so sorry you’ve been sick. Would have loved to have this list a month ago when the flu hit our house! (let’s hope none of us see it again) ;-)

  2. I am looking for a cough medicine and didn’t see that delsym was on the list. It is about one of the only cough medicines that work for me. Thanks for calling and verifying it. Hope you are feeling bette

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