There are a couple of OTC medications that I take:
- Aleve (or the Target generic brand)
- Sudafed (or the generic version) for sinus headaches
Regularly, I take the generic of Paxil for OCD and Nature-Throid for my slow thyroid. Very rarely, I take Flexeril for back pain and Imitrex for migraines. If I need an antibiotic, my doctor prescribes Levaquin. It's expensive, and very strong, but I've never reacted to it (the first one I've never reacted to).
If you or your allergic family member needs medication for anything, be the advocate! DO NOT rely simply on the doctor or pharmacist stating "there's no corn!" They do not know how hidden corn can be; that is your responsibility. To research medicines, I use google.com. Enter the name of the medicine, the "+" sign and the word "inactive." I quite often rely on the results from www.rxlist.com.
I do not personally take vitamins, but here is information I have received from others:
- "I called the 800 number of SOLGAR, which has a widespread good reputation (including by Whole Foods and vitamin store specialists), and I said that while I recognize that their label says "no corn", I would simply like to confirm that it is not a corn-derived Vitamin C. The woman reiterated that they had no corn, and then I insisted that she confirm. She fumbled and said, wait a minute, and was gone a long time. When she returned, she said that the C is derived from corn, but that it's fermented, and - you guessed it - "there's no corn left" after the processing."
- "Enzymatic Therapy supplements (http://www.enzy.com/default.asp)"
- "Twin Lab has corn free Vitamin C, and a Multi"
- "www.fote.com Our products are available at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Eckerds, it is available at most chain stores. The Vitamin E is Tocopheryl Acetate."
- "Dr. Goode sells corn-free vitamins, phone 919-844-4552 and speak with Bill directly"
- "SHS has a vitamin powder that is corn free and when my daughter's dietician checked (jan 2004) the vits/mins were also not corn derived. It is called Phlexy-vits. I think it was $36 for 30 packets. I would put it into her formula. www.shsna.com under Metabolic products"
- "Peak Advantage is a great one. It says: NO sugar,yeast,corn,gluten,lactose,artificial color or preservatives. I've been taking it for quite awhile now with no problems. Their website is: www.yourvitalhealth.com and they are manufactured in Scottsdale az.85258 by Vital Formulations, inc."
- "http://www.vitaminlab.com/product.cfm?selected_items=5272 Super Multivitamin Iron-Free. Other Ingredients: celluloses, stearic acid, magnesium stearate. No Corn, Yeast, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Sugar, Starch, Soy, Colors or Preservatives."
- "Solaray Cal-Mag Citrate with Vitamin D is free of gluten, corn and sulfites. Confirmed by the company on 01/31/05. The citric acid is made from lemons/limes."
- "On iherb.com's website they post that the Nature's Way B-12 sublingual is free of corn. I contacted Nature's Way and they said that the fructose is derived from corn."