Allergy season is the worst. Runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy and watery eyes are just a few symptoms those of us know all too well. Then there is the exhaustion from allergies. All I want to do is sleep some days. The further into allergy season we get, the more I want to sleep.
Well, a few days ago, I had a light bulb turn on in my head, metaphorically, of course. At the end of May, I had strep throat. I took the antibiotic prescribed to me, Azithromycin (commonly known as Z-pack), and began to have stomach cramps and nausea. I decided to read the non-active ingredient list. There it was in black and white: lactose. The doctor changed to the liquid form of the antibiotic and I was fine after that.
Fast forward to the other day. My daughter was complaining of stomach pain, as is typical for her. So we did our usual, “What have you eaten today?”chat. Finally I said, “Did you take your allergy medicine today?” Then it hit me. Like a ton of bricks. I grabbed the allergy medication bottle and sure enough, lactose. Ugh!! I had been making my daughter sick with something we thought would help her feel better! Needless to say, we discontinued that medication immediately. Then I read the labels to other allergy medications to find one without lactose. Did you know that most of the pill form allergy medications have lactose?
Have you ever really examined the contents of your medication? Preservatives, dyes, colors, soy, starch, gluten, lactose, and all kinds of fillers that one cannot pronounce!! Now, medications certainly have their place in our lives. Before antibiotics, people would die from curable infections more often than not. Having Hashimoto’s, I would not be alive without my thyroid medications. Diabetics need insulin and heart patients need the medications necessary to lower blood pressure, thin blood, lower cholesterol and help with arrhythmia. HOWEVER, the pharmaceutical industry does not worry about our health in the long run. They do not consider allergies, let alone a non life threatening intolerance.
What does this mean? Your medications may be making you sick. Read every label. Prescriptions, over the counter medications, anything you will consume. Oh, and learn a lesson from me and read the label BEFORE you buy, not after you take the medication!