Just wanted to put this out there as I did a search, and couldn't find a thread on it.
Recently I had the misfortune of having to see my GP, as my hand was feeling a bit numb, the doctor diagnosed RSI, and prescribed me some Naproxen.
Well I wasn't over then moon, purely because the side effects didn't look too inviting, but took it anyway, right from the get go I felt a little
nauseous at times, after a few days of taking it one evening I had pain in my stomache.
So I stopped taking the tablets, rang my GP, who to my surprise, decided to prescribe Omeprazole to counter act the side effect, so that I could keep
taking the original medicine.
Ok, great, now I feel fine......Despite the fact both medicines have Sodium lauryl sulphate in them !
Each blue, film-coated tablet contains naproxen sodium 275 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone,
sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium starch glycolate, colloidal silicon dioxide, and purified water; coating: FD&C Blue No. 2, hypromellose, polyethylene
glycol, polysorbate, and titanium dioxide.
Each red-brown, round, biconvex, coated, delayed-release tablet, ink printed in black "P 20" on one side and plain on the other, contains 20 mg of
omeprazole. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, copovidone, croscarmellose sodium, eudragit, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C
Yellow No. 6, lactose monohydrate, lecithin, microcrystalline cellulose, shellac glaze, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium stearyl fumarate,
talc, titanium dioxide, triethyl citrate, and red iron oxide.
Yep, I'm not joking, my medicine has a surfactant, known in the trade as an excipient when used in medication, I think it is used as a lubricant,
mainly for the benefit of the manufacturers, so that the tablet doesn't stick to the machine as they are being produced.
Personally for me, I am not happy to discover that my medication contains an ingredient used in shampoo, cleaners etc, I'm even less happy to discover
that there may be alternatives that could be used.
What I also found interesting is I didn't notice it in an old anti-biotic I had hanging around.
Not sure how common this knowledge is, and I know there are many out there who say SLS is safe (it is dreived from coconut oil), but for me, if I'm
taking medication, I would rather not find a chemical that I would put on my hair,or clean my house with amongst the list of inactive ingredients, I'm
sure all that foamy goodness can't make my tummy a happy place, having said that paradoxically, the second tablet has ironed out the problems from the
first, despite containing this ingredient.
So there you have it, hope I don't sound like I'm ranting, if I do, please move me to the "Rant bin," but more than anything I just wanted to hear
what you guy's think....
Good thing, or bad thing ?
Should drug companies be looking to use a different ingredient, one that doesn't make me think my bottle of shampoo would be good enough to drink ?
Cheers for reading, in the meantime, I shall keep taking the tablets !
edit on 12-8-2012 by solargeddon because: (no reason given)