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Attention Thyroid Patients: Is There Gluten in Your Synthroid?

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Updated June 04, 2014

Attention Thyroid Patients: Is There Gluten in Your Synthroid?

A reader Cathy wrote to share some thoughts about Synthroid's fillers and ingredients. "Hay fever and lactose intolerance are not the only conditions that may be adversely affected by Synthroid. I have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease and must be on a strict gluten-free diet. In my research of gluten-free drugs, both prescribed and over-the-counter, I was surprised to learn that Abbott Pharmaceuticals cannot guarantee the gluten-free status of Synthroid because they do not test the additives they put into the drug for gluten. My doctor does not want to change my medication as I've been taking Synthroid and doing well on it for over 8 years. I have been gluten-free for 8 months and feel fantastic - better than I've felt in a long time - but it really aggravates me that Abbott can't be bothered to test for the gluten."

This is unfortunate, given the established link between celiac disease/gluten intolerance, and autoimmune thyroid disease. Come on Abbott...get with the program!

For more information on the link between celiac disease and thyroid problems, read: The Celiac/Autoimmune Thyroid Connection.

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