This is probably a shot in the dark, but here goes. I've been on a gluten free diet since the end of August, and have been very careful with the food I eat. At the same time I started the diet, my pharmacy switched manufacturers of the hydroxychloroquine (generic Plaquenil) I've been taking. Supposed to be an identical product.
The problem is that my stomach has been giving me way more problems since starting both the GF diet and the new Plaq, which, like I said, happened at the same time. I have been blaming the added supplements I've been told to take by my doctor to counteract the malabsorption problems stemming from the CD. But I've had a flare even when off the supplements - so I'm confused. Has anyone else had a problem with gluten and the generic plaquenil? Or know a good site where I could find current information?
I have called the manufacturer of the new Rx and they just say that "their suppliers don't intentionally use wheat, etc" - I think it must be a standard phrase - but they will not say it is Gluten free. These flares are driving me crazy - seem to happen about once every 7-10 days - almost cyclically - and knock me out for a couple days with stomach problems, headache, fatigue, and just all around malaise.
Thanks in advance for any help or info......
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; UCTD & osteoporosis 2007; celiac 2009
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn and lots of vitamins