Medications & Intestinal Side Effects

May 10, 2011

Medications & Intestinal Side Effects

May 10, 2011


I take four prescriptions for bipolar disorder: Lithium, Xanax, Wellbutrin and Lamectal. Will these affect my intestines?




Hi Kimberly. NFCA’s Getting Started Guide gives some helpful information about gluten in medications (Find it under “Restoring Health” on the Printable Guides page). NFCA’s website also includes a whole section devoted Gluten in Medications.

In addition to this, some medications have gastrointestinal side effects unrelated to celiac disease. Every person is different, and not everyone has the same side effects. When you pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy, ask your pharmacist for information regarding the side effects of your medications. There is also a website ( where you can find information on the side effects of medications.


Nancy Dickens, BS, RD, LDN

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