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Does anyone know a good site where I can determine whether or not certain medications have gluten? I had a back tooth extracted yesterday and they gave me 2 medications as well as did a bone graft for the preparation of an implant. Last night I had a small seizure and I've been doing fantastic with the gluten diet so I want to determine if any of the above were possible causes. Yes, I'm assuming just the tooth being extracted could've been the cause, but I want to make sure.

I'm finding myself getting enraged that they're not labeling EVERYTHING gluten or non-gluten. I did ask the dentist about the bone graft and even novacane but it was semi-dismissed with a wave of "no gluten is wheat products" and I responded by saying, "the sticky side of a stamp is gluten!" I'm sort of freaking out to think possibly the bone graft material contains Gluten and if it does I need to go to the dentist and have them remove all of it but I can't seem to find any answers. Any ideas how to go about getting the answers for the meds too would be very much appreciated.
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You could try this link:

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/me...edications.htm
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Also, some local anesthetics contain epinephrine which can be a trigger.
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Originally Posted by KelVarQ View Post:
Last night I had a small seizure and I've been doing fantastic with the gluten diet so I want to determine if any of the above were possible causes. Yes, I'm assuming just the tooth being extracted could've been the cause, but I want to make sure.

I'm finding myself getting enraged that they're not labeling EVERYTHING gluten or non-gluten. I did ask the dentist about the bone graft and even novacane but it was semi-dismissed with a wave of "no gluten is wheat products" and I responded by saying, "the sticky side of a stamp is gluten!" I'm sort of freaking out to think possibly the bone graft material contains Gluten and if it does I need to go to the dentist and have them remove all of it but I can't seem to find any answers.
Or, perhaps the fact you're becoming enraged could be the cause of the seizure. Too much stress causes seizures!
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Thanks Nakamova for the site and I will definitely check into it.

Clint, perhaps I shouldn't have used the term enraged. I guess I'm just SHOCKED at this Gluten Free diet and how well I seem to be doing on it. 5-6 seizures a week to 3 this whole month, including last nights and the prior 2 was from accidently having Gluten. I think every channel on T.V. should have one of those emergency warnings telling us about Gluten or they should just eliminate it completely. I'm a newbie to this diet so I'm ALL OVER IT and I'm feeling pretty passionate about how bad it is for us. I now have my husband on it and I want my 2 year old daughter on it too just because I know the way it makes me feel. Have you tried the diet? If so, how do you like it?
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I'm not totally gluten free, but do know it is bad for the body. I do watch my diet very carefully because in addition to epilepsy I also have Type 1 diabetes. I try to eat like skillefer suggests. Six small meals a day, low on carbs. I have to take insulin 4 times a day and check my glucose numerous times throughout the day, making sure it doesn't drop below 70, otherwise, I start shaking and get weird in the head. It has been down to 36 before in the night. Not good!
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You might also consider that if there was any silver filling involved in the slightest way that the mercury could also be a trigger for seizures.

Also toothpaste can contain gluten, so I would assume some of the products that dentists use might too.
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I know a few of the vitamins have gluten as a binder. you can read on the label. in canada it says gluten free on it
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If it's a matter of finding out if there's gluten (or anything) in a medication I've found the pharmacists to be more knowledgeable than the doctors or dentists.
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I do believe there is also an issue with the actual gel capsule.
Also some of the medicine that has a color coating have caused neurological issues for some.
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