Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Artificial Colors in Medicine

As many of you know, I am not a fan of artificial colorings in our food. Earlier this year I wrote a four-part series on these petroleum-based dyes and their effects on our health.

But these colorants are not just in processed food. The next time you are in a drug store or the drug aisle of a supermarket, notice the rainbow of colored over-the-counter pills, tablets and liquids. And I’ll bet that the next prescription the pharmacist fills for you is blue, yellow or green.

These dyes have been linked to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Are we being visually tricked into ingesting harmful toxins? What’s wrong with white?

Thankfully, in some instances, better options exist.

Let’s discuss ibuprofen, a staple of all medicine cabinets. Leading national brands include Motrin and Advil. Basic Motrin is orange, thanks in part to its yellow #6. Flavored versions aimed at children are colored with red, blue and yellow dyes.

A slightly better option is Advil’s basic tablets or caplets. Their color is rust, achieved from synthetic iron oxide (not a dye). However, be aware that the myriad of other Advil products (i.e. Advil PM, Advil PM for Saturdays, Advil PM for Tuesdays in November, Advil Migraine if Your Last Name Starts With “E”) contain artificial colorants.


By far the best option I found was a store brand. The drug store chain CVS sells ibuprofen that is white and clearly labeled “dye-free.” I am not aware of a national brand that offers white ibuprofen.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you VERY much for this information. I have been searching for dye-free ibuprofen...

Robin said...

Walgreens has their own brand of the dye-free white ones, too. I find them more expensive because they are in smaller bottles (smaller quantities) so I can't get the discount of buying larger bottles.

Jennifer said...

My son and I have an intolerance to these artificial color. I can tell you for a fact that they effect us. I myself was punching walls and would "fly" off the handle over the smallest things. My son was having huge melt downs and flipping desks, throwing chairs, and biting himself. They said he had ADHD. I got him off all the artificial colors and he is now getting out of special education in school! I have to watch everything I put in our bodies, but also on! I have to buy him special crayons! I watch laundry soap and fabric softner, tooth paste, perfume, and lotions. They are putting them in everything! Buy organic, the more people that do the more big business will listen to what is trending and the stores will carry it.

Chef Rob said...

Jennifer,

Thanks for sharing your experiences; your comment was the focus of my post today: http://thedelicioustruth.blogspot.com/2011/10/one-moms-experiences-with-artificial.html

Anonymous said...

Walgreens also sells the color free dye free ibuprofen int the store (CVS here did not carry it in the store)
I looked online and it is just listed under ibuprofen 200 mg tab. The title did not include it and I did not find it in the search. CVS was sold out online, so this is another resource. You just have to look harder. (?)

Anonymous said...

The brand 'MAJOR' also manufactures a white ibuprofen, called IBU-200, I order it at my local Target pharmacy. $2.50 for 100 tablets.
It's NDC#00904-7915-59
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https://www.majorpharmaceuticals.com/?m=item_details&item=700808

Jennifer Lawyer said...

Well I am back to let you know that my research and findings go deeper than artificial colors. It's the petroleum that they use to make the artificial colors that is causing the ADHD symptoms. I found this out after I had removed all artificial colors from my house and every once in a while we would still have "issues" One night I thought it would be nice to try a can rolls. We hadn't had them is years. The next morning my eyes where almost swollen shut and I was dizzy, my son started in with his ADHD symptoms and I went in the garbage to that can to read it again, thinking that was the only thing that was different. No artificial colorings.. But then I saw TBHQ. I looked it up and it is butane which is made from petroleum. Petroleum is the root cause. They use that to make artificial coloring. That's your PEG, Poly and so forth. I am in the process of trying to keep my son and I away from all petroleum. It is so hard because it's in everything!! Jennifer Lawyer N.Y.

Anonymous said...

Target's Up and Up brand has a lot of dye-free products.

Anonymous said...

I dropped a wet ibuphrophen on my gotten nightgown....it was CVS brand. I put bleach directly on my nightgown as could not get the stain out soaking it! Can uo u imagine theses dyes in ones stomach!! Ok just bought non dye CVS but seem to havr indigestion because there is no coating . Anyone have any ideas? I take two a day.

Anonymous said...

I have had terrible reaction to the ibuprofen brown dyed pills. After a couple days of taking them I would get flu like and toxic like symptoms. Body aches, nausea, malaise, I would end up in bed thought I was going to die! On a fluke I bought a bottle of dye-free and never had a problem since. Recently have had similar symptoms with prescription Morphine that has a blue dye. I'm rubbing the blue off the next [pill to see if that's the problem. Dye on pills can cause massive problems!

jowdjbrown said...

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rxqueen11 said...

Just a note. The ibuprofen that is dye free and rust free... Seriously that's what most of them are dyed with, still containes lactose. And my mother who is lactose intolerant broke out in hives. My children and I and my grandmother have adverse reactions to dyes and preservatives and petroleum products. Red 40, makes my kids and my self nervous as if we drank a pot of coffee.

rxqueen11 said...

I really do love the dye free option of any medicine. I love the dye free ibuprofen. Most white medicine is dyed white with titanium dioxide. I can't imagine what came to mind that made a person think this pill is not white enough! Or hey let's coat this pain reliever in rust! People will love it! I have a serious body PH problem and metal allergies that cause me serious problems so I'm a tad biased but, why add anything for cosmetic purposes to pills? Especially harmful things? I get it I just hope that as technology improves so will common sense. Lol

rxqueen11 said...

I really do love the dye free option of any medicine. I love the dye free ibuprofen. Most white medicine is dyed white with titanium dioxide. I can't imagine what came to mind that made a person think this pill is not white enough! Or hey let's coat this pain reliever in rust! People will love it! I have a serious body PH problem and metal allergies that cause me serious problems so I'm a tad biased but, why add anything for cosmetic purposes to pills? Especially harmful things? I get it I just hope that as technology improves so will common sense. Lol

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Anonymous said...

Make sure to check the labels on a regular basis. I used a "brand" of ibuprofen that did not use red dye. They haven't used red dye for years. I bought a new bottle last month for a foot injury. I've had many sleepless nights...a lot of sweating...nightmares.... tonight I looked at the label. Red dye. So look every time at the label. (I'm writing the company)