Pills Contain Inactive Ingredients Causing Allergies

Medicine coming the form of pills are used to cure different diseases and disorders. The pill consists of substances that helps our body fight of foreign particles and helps us as human to feel better. However, not each and every substance in the pill is helpful and useful.

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown a reaction for some patients towards certain chemical in pills. The study showed that all medications used inside the United States contain at least one substance that might cause allergies or adverse reactions from the patients. Such ingredients are called “inactive” as they are not used for medical purposes but to add taste, character or increase the lifespan of the pill.

A total of 90% of medications contain these inactive ingredients which lead to allergic reactions or gastrointestinal symptoms. The study together with the results were published in the newest edition of Science Translational Medicine Journal. The main ingredients found that are inactive and has negative side effects include lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes.

Gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Brigham and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and Ph.D. holder, Dr. C. Giovanni Traverso stated, “When you’re a clinician, the last thing you want to do is prescribe a medication that could cause an adverse reaction or allergic reaction in a patient. This project was inspired by a real-life incident where a patient with Celiac disease was prescribed a medication and the formulation of the pill they picked up from the pharmacy had gluten in it.”