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 (not pictured), zinc, homeopathy too – 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.
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? 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, pregelatinized 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 is not formulated with any ingredient containing gluten, but they do not test or certify them to be gluten free.
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.
My cold lasted about 8 days and it was one of the worst I’ve had in a long time. 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?