Magnesium Stearate Allergy

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Fricsmom Says:
 
I am increasingly sensitive to prescription drugs. I have been researching and have found all the ones I have had reactions to have the inactive ingredient MAGNESIUM STEARATE. It is a soy/palm tree derivative. has anyone been successful in finding RX without this?

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Verwon Says:
 
The best thing you can do is to let your pharmacy know of the issue, because their computerized database will automatically check for that ingredient in any medication that is prescribed for you.

Learn more allergy details here.

However, it may not be the magnesium stearate, at all. It is always possible that you're just sensitive to medications.

What types of reactions where you having?

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Sandy Says:
 
I am having issue also. Results in breaking out in itchy rash symmetrically on my body. If I break out on one leg or arm, the other leg/arm breaks out in almost the same exact spot. I was taking calcium supplement. Recently I was having stomach issues, and broke out after taking a store brand of Rolaids. Common ingredient in both? Magnesium stearate.

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Judy Says:
 
8-24-13 I have been following articles on Magnesium Stearate for approximately 4 years at which time, after a fall, I developed severe vertigo and my blood pressure became elevated. I was tried on various medications to control the blood pressure all to no avail. I have seen 4 neurologists, physicians for ENT, Eyes, pulmonary, renal, internists to come to a conclusion to this problem. After many check ups, MRI, vestibular therapy, CT scans, blood and urine examinations, I was still suffering from vertigo and sundry issues related to medication. I listed every medication I had taken and found the active and inactive ingredients for each, contacted the FDA and pharmaceutical companies looking for a reason. Finally I discovered the common thread - MAGNESIUM STEARATE. At that point I went to see an allergist/immunologist who worked with me and ultimately prepared a MAGNESIUM STEARATE challenge test. This did prove to be positive in that I reacted with my blood pressure elevating, my ears clogging up and just a very lightheaded feeling.

So, if you are having issues with medication, take the time to check the inactive ingredients and if magnesium stearate is present speak with an immunologist to have this challenge test done and see what options he offers. There are a few manufacturers who do not use magnesium stearate (I spoke with a pharmacist at the local hospital - the Drug store pharmacist could not help) - I was fortunate enough to locate a compounding pharmacy and in conjunction with my physicians can prepare the necessary medications I may require.

Be your own advocate and if you know the manufacturer of the medication call them and make a complaint being specific about the medication and the magnesium stearate - I also contacted FDA.

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gene Says:
 
I too have problems with prescription drugs, OC drugs, vitamins, anything with magnesium stearate found in the inactive ingredients listing. My pharmacist explained that it is an acidic binder that helps to hold the pill together. Instead I look to see if the drug comes in a gelatin form or capsule. If not, I ask my doctor to find something similar that does. Try to stay away from "hard" pills. It is not always possible, but If I am not going to be on the drug for a period of time that exceeds a week, ten days, I can usually get by. Anything over that is a real problem.

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