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G6PD Deficiency Information Packet

G6PD Deficiency Information Packet with list of Drugs To Avoid

Low Risk drugs, medicine, foods and other substances below MAY be safe at normal theraputic doses. People with Class 1 G6PD Deficiency (ie: Mediterranean variant among others) may still react to low risk substances. Consult with your physician before using any of these substances.

We try our best to keep this list up to date, but the constant influx of new drugs, medicines and research makes this task quite difficult. To be safe the following classes of drugs, medicines and other substances should be avoided if at all possible.

  • NSAIDS (Asprin, Ibuprophen)
  • Tylenol
  • Quinolones
  • Drugs metabolized through the liver or known to cause blood or liver related problems or hemolysis
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Petrochemically derived substances (This is a long list and gets longer every year. Many artificial foods, dyes and vitamins are included in this list.)
  • Moth Balls and anything containing naphthalene.
  • Artificial Food Coloring (Methylene and Toluidine blue)

When in doubt, the safest course of action is to avoid the substance. If you react to something not on this list, avoid that substance in the future. Watch carefully for hemolysis signs at all times.

To learn more about a substance (including information links, synonyms, notes, etc), click on the substance name. To just see a list of synonyms, click on the Synonym link.