Sulfites and Drugs

I know many of you out there might not use medications. But at some point in your life, there may not be an option in order to stay alive. I have discovered that there are medications that contain sulfites. I am sure this list is by no means complete as new drugs and variations of those drugs come on the market daily. Following is what I have learned about drugs and sulfites.

Bronchodilator solutions for asthma

  • Adrenalin chloride 1:1000 concentration
  • Bronkosol
  • Isuprel hydrochloride solution

Topical eye drops

  • Pred-Mild
  • Pred-Forte
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Prednisol
  • desamethasone

Injectable medications

  • Amikacin
  • Betamethasone phosphate (Celestone)
  • Chloropromazine (Thorazine)
  • Dexamethasone phosphate (Decadron)
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine (Adrenaline, Ana-Kit, Epi-Pen)
  • Garamycin
  • Gentamycin – I have taken this before and reacted.
  • Isoetharine HCI
  • Isoproterenol (injectable)
  • Lidocaine with epinephrine (Xylocaine) When I needed this before, I had to get it preservative free.
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Metarminol
  • Norepinephrine (Levophed)
  • Procaine (Novacaine)
  • Prochloroperazine (Compazine)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Solutions for total parenteral nutrition and dialysis
  • Tobramycin

General Anesthesia Drugs

Sites I visited to get my sulfite information:

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/sulfite-sensitivity

http://ww.sulfites.org/sulfite-foods

http://nutrition.about.com/od/recipesmenus/a/organic.htm

http://www.allergy-and-diabetic-health.com/sulfite-free-foods-no-way-out-to-survive-the-fight-goes-on.html

http://www.allergy-and-diabetic-health.com/sufites-in-bleached-sugar-beet-and-cane.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Live-With-an-Allergy-to-Sulfites

http://allergies.about.com/od/foodallergies/a/sulfites.htm

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2 responses to “Sulfites and Drugs

  1. Just thought I’d comment after hearing about your blog, as a fellow sulfite allergic person. 🙂 I found out I had sulfite issues a little over a year ago (after a couple decades of illness), and I, too, believe I react due to an inability to properly metabolize sulfites. I was looking up at your lists and thought I’d add the little bit that I’m aware of (I still have lots to learn!).

    1. A great site to get information from: http://holdthesulfites.com/

    2. The list of medications that you’ll find on most medical sites is SO out of date, it literally can make ya cry. Here’s why: wet processed corn is processed in a sulfite bath. So corn starch, dextrose, glucose, sorbitol, xanitol, and pretty much all those lovely corn based products that are inactive ingredients in medication? They’re ALL sulfited, and usually not considered a problem by doctors. It’s not as much sulfites as, say, metabisulfite or anything, but it’ll definitely contribute. I react horribly to anything with corn starch in it, even just 1-2 tiny pills, even though unprocessed corn doesn’t do the same thing at all. 😦

    3. There are some really common inhaled sources of sulfites that you may not be aware of. It is a commonly used preservative for scent, so it can be in many perfumes, cleaners, shampoos, scented candles, and so on. It is present in car exhaust, too. So many sulfite sensitive folks have issues with numerous chemicals or in high traffic areas, due to this. Paper mills and some other industrial plants produce sulfites in the air pollution from their factories. Some sulfite folks were ill until they moved away from areas with this type of pollution within a a few miles of them.

    Just thought I’d add these in, in case they might help! Nice to meet another sulfite allergic person on the web. 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment. I have checked out and will be following the site you mentioned. I also plan to follow your blog as well. As for the inhaled sources, I have severe chemical sensitivity and avoid anything with fragrance in it.

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