Gluten in Immunoglobulin Therapy

Steve Plogsted, a pharmacist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is an expert on gluten in medications. His website, glutenfreedrugs.com, is widely recognized as the most reliable source of information on gluten-free prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Have a question about gluten and medications? Send it to [email protected]

 

 

Q: I have celiac and am also being treated for myasthenia gravis. My physician wants to start me on immunoglobulin therapy and told me that it was “mostly gluten free.” Of course, I am concerned, and I can’t seem to find any answers.

A: Rest assured, this treatment is fine for people with celiac. There are numerous brands of immunoglobulin therapy currently on the market, but they share many of the same characteristics. There are two important issues to remember when using these products: none of them contain any gluten material, and for you to experience a gluten reaction, the gluten must first be absorbed through the gut. As a side note, no intravenous products currently only the market contain any form of gluten.

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