You’ll no doubt have seen the news that giving some patients on respirators and oxygen the steroid drug Dexamethasone could help. I asked Christine (TGF supplement woman) to find grain and dairy free versions in case any of us with those sensitivities need it – hope not, but pays to be prepared! Here are her findings for you – note that most of the tablets contain lactose – which still astounds me in this allergy-aware day and age!
Bearing in mind the Dexamethasone is for hospital administration only and you’d be hard pressed to administer it yourself if you’re on a respirator or oxygen, I would say the injections and possibly solubles seem to be the ‘safest’ for anyone with sensitivities. Note, though, that not all injectables are okay. In particular, the one by Wockhardt UK Ltd has ascorbic acid in, which is very likely to come from corn.
Obviously, if it’s needed, it’s needed so any is better than none if you are in that situation, but it, if you can, it would be a good idea to ensure safe-for-you dexamethasone is used wherever possible. Add it to your medical information.
Dexamethasone types and ingredients with our free-from thoughts…
Glenmark Glensoludex 2 mg soluble tablets – I think this comes in various strengths. Contains Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Citrate 1.5 Hydrate, Povidone K30, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow Sunset (E110). The citrate and benzoates could come from corn. That said, I take a very similar Prednisolone soluble very, very rarely and I have never reacted to it.
Aspen Dexamethasone 2mg Tablets, but they have Potato starch PhEur, propylene glycol PhEur, magnesium stearate PhEur and lactose PhEur in – so got potato and lactose in and both propylene glycol PhEur, magnesium stearate PhEu which could come from corn, but not always.
Hameln Pharma Ltd Dexamethasone sodium phosphate 3.3mg/ml solution for injection Propylene glycol (could come from corn but may not), disodium edetate, sodium hydroxide solution, water for injections.
Aspen Dexamethasone sodium phosphate 3.8mg/ml solution for injection Glycerol (E422) (could come from corn) Disodium edetate, water for injections, Sodium hydroxide (E524)or Phosphoric acid (E338).
ADVANZ Pharma 4mg tablets Dexamethasone – Lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose (could be corn but probably not), croscarmellose sodium (could be from corn), magnesium stearate (could be from corn but probably not).
Aspire Pharma Ltd Neofordex 40 mg tablets – Lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose (could be corn but probably not), magnesium stearate (could be corn but probably not), colloidal anhydrous silica.
In general, if you are dairy or corn-sensitive especially, I would say the solubles and injectables (except any that contain corn/ascorbic acid/Vitamin C) are probably going to be the safest for you, but please obviously discuss with your health care practitioners – and let’s hope none of us need it anyway!