If you’ve been following me on social media, you know that I just went through a crappy cold/flu that was passed onto me by my loving partner. He was down and out for Valentine’s Day and I thought he was just being a big baby until I got it and I was down and out. I had chills and body aches like you wouldn’t believe, but I didn’t have any fever, and I had my flu shot – and my partner only had a cold. So, I guess my body just took the cold and made me extra miserable because that’s what my immune system does.
I tried at first to fight it off using literally everything I could, including Elderberry, zinc, homeopathy too (which by the way, is scientifically proven to only be the placebo effect, but at that point, I was willing to do witchcraft or sacrifices to get rid of this cold) – but it was too great for my body – it overcame me. It was time for the hardcore drugs.
It was time for the stuff they card you for at Walgreens.
In gluten-free support groups online, I see a lot of questions about gluten free cold medications. Here’s what I use and their gluten-free status.
Is My Cold Medicine Gluten Free?
Where do you go to find out if a medication is gluten-free? Here’s how you know!
- Call the manufacturer directly. Keep in mind that they may state something “isn’t gluten-free” just because they can’t determine if there’s gluten in the facility. You should really just be concerned about any gluten in the actual pill itself, usually hidden as a starch. However, keep in mind that if it’s produced here in America, the starch is usually corn or potato over wheat.
- Check the website (although, sadly, most don’t address inactive ingredients on their site.
- Visit GlutenFreeDrugs.com
- Visit National Institute of Health’s Pillbox website (note, this is only for pills, not liquid).
Gluten Free Cold Medications
Sudafed is my go-to drug for anything. My sinuses are a train wreck, and during allergy season, I need a lot of this. Am I stoked about the ingredients and the fact that it makes my heart beat so fast it feels like it’s going to explode? No, but I can’t seem to find anything for occasional use that works quite as well as this. Here’s the ingredients: Pseudoephedrine HCI 30 mg, carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C yellow no. 10 aluminum lake, FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake, FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake, iron oxide, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, pre-gelatinized starch, shellac, sodium starch glycolate, talc, and titanium dioxide. According to the gluten-free drugs website, it’s safe – and I’ve never had any celiacs complain about this.
Mucinex makes me feel funny inside. This is powerful stuff, but it also gets the job done. By thinning the mucus trapped inside my sinus cavity and clogging up my ears, it helps decongest me in ways that Sudafed cannot. I only use this stuff for severe colds and flus. And I can’t stop thinking about the cartoon mucus while I’m taking it.
Per the website, Mucinex (liquid and pills) is not formulated with any ingredient containing gluten, but they do not test or certify them to be gluten free, and it’s also listed on GlutenFreeDrugs.com as being gluten-free. [BUY MUCINEX ON AMAZON HERE USING MY AFFILIATE LINKS]
Theraflu [BUY IT ON AMAZON USING MY AFFILIATE LINKS]
Theraflu has a lot of ingredients, so I could understand why you’d be overwhelmed looking at the label. Their inactive ingredients contain items like “flavors” and “pre-gelatinized starch” According to Theraflu (as of a phone call on 2/2019) they do not use gluten in any of their products. According to the brand, they “only uses hypo-allergic ingredients in products,” and that “Theraflu products do not contain gluten as a directly added ingredient, but GSK does not test for gluten, and can’t rule gluten out from third party manufacturing.”
DayClear [BUY IT ON AMAZON HERE USING MY AFFILIATE LINKS]
Now, this wasn’t supposed to become a product review, but about 5 days into my cold, DayClear ended up shipping me a bunch of products that were – wait for it, for colds. It was kismet (or just really good timing from their PR team during cold and flu season).
What’s awesome about this product is that it’s free from a lost of nasties that people complain about for regular medication. It’s free from gluten, sugar, alcohol, dye (oh, you mean Mucinex isn’t naturally neon blue???), and acetaminophen. They have a collection of cough, night-time cold and flu, sinus, and allergy. Learn more about DayClear here: http://dayclear.com/products. I was impressed with the ingredients, and can’t wait to try the allergy relief. I mean, I wish I didn’t have to take any products, but allergy season in Arizona is brutal, even on my prescription medication. [BUY IT HERE ON AMAZON]
Here are some of my favorite things to keep on hand in case the cold or flu hits – all gluten-free too! You can purchase all of these on Amazon.com using my affiliate links!
- Boogie Wipes – moistened tissue for sensitive and raw noses
- Sambucol – zinc and elderberry drops
- Vick’s – non-medicated vapo inhaler
Here’s hoping if you get the cold or flu, it is quick and painless – and that you’re not afraid to help with medication! Do you have any go-to medications for cold and flu?