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Carbohydrate free    

Products that contain minimal carbohydrate

Adult-type swallow tablets and capsules are lower in carbohydrate than the children’s chewables, syrups and elixirs. Ask your pediatrician to recommend an appropriate dose of the adult-type products. NOTE: Over-the-counter cough and cold medications should not be used in children younger than age 6 according to an advisory panel of the FDA.

Tylenol • McNeil
Regular Strength Caplets & Tablets = 74mg carbohydrate
Extra Strength Caplet = 107mg carbohydrate
Extra Strength PM Caplet = 50mg carbohydrate
Note: The pediatric formulations of Tylenol are very high in carbohydrate.
The Cherry flavored has 420mg carbohydrate in 0.8mL
The Grape and Dye-free Cherry flavors have 1000mg carbohydrate in 0.8mL
The Children’s Meltaways Chewtabs have 1000mg carbohydrate per tablet

Advil • Pfizer
These contain Ibuprofen which may be necessary to use for pain relief and for their anti-inflammatory effect.

100mg tablet Jr Strength – 131.5mg carbohydrate

200mg tablet – 258mg carbohydrate • 200mg caplet – 258mg carbohydrate

200mg Liqui-Gels – 38.67mg carbohydrate • 200mg Allergy Sinus caplet – 134.3mg carbohydrate

Aleve • Bayer
220mg tablet – 44mg carbohydrate • 220mg caplet – 44mg carbohydrate

Benadryl Allergy Ultra Tab Tablets • McNeil
35mg carbohydrate in each tablet

Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion DM – Sugarfree • Wyeth
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Dextromethorphan HBr, USP-10 mg Cough Suppressant, Guaifenesin, USP – 100 mg Expectorant INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Acesulfame Potassium, Artificial & Natural Flavor, Citric Acid Monohydrate, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Polyethylene Glycol, Povidone, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Saccharin Sodium, Sodium Benzoate

FeverAll Acetamenaphen Suppositories (all strenghts) • Actavis

NOTE: Although glycerol is a main ingredient of this product, the colon converts it to fatty acids; it is not used as sugar therefore it is safe for ketogenic therapy.

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Glycerol Monostearate , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Polyoxyethylene Stearate , Polysorbate 80


Sudafed Nasal Decongestant Maximum Strength, Non-Drowsy 30 mg Tablets • Pfizer
Contains 120mg carbohydrate per tablet
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Pseudoephedrine HCI – 30 mgNasal Decongestant
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Carnauba Wax, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red
#40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Pregelatinized Starch, Shellac, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide

Sudafed PE Sinus & Allergy Maximun Strength Tablets • Pfizer
Contains 100mg carbohydrate per tablet
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: (in each Tablet): Chlorpheniramine Maleate (4 mg), Phenylephrine HCI (10 mg).
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pregelatinized Starch, and Stearic Acid

Sudafed PE Sinus Headache Maximum Strength, Non-Drowsy • Pfizer
Contains less than 1000mg carbohydrate per caplet (NOTE: This is much higher than the above pain relievers). ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Acetaminophen (325 mg), Phenylephrine HCl (5 mg)
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Candelilla Wax, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Crospovidone, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Hypromellose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Povidone, Pregelatinized Starch, Starch, Stearic Acid, and Titanium Dioxide

Afrin 12 Hour Nasal Spray Original • Schering-Plough HealthCare Products
INGREDIENTS: Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride (0.05%). Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, Benzyl Alcohol, Edetate Disodium, Polyethylene Glycol, Povidone, Propylene Glycol, Water Purified, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic

Vicks VapoRub Vaporizing Ointment • Procter & Gamble
INGREDIENTS: Camphor (4.8%), Eucalyptus Oil (1.2%), Menthol (2.6%), Cedarleaf Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Special Petrolatum, Thymol, Turpentine Oil

Vicks VapoInhaler (Nasal Decongestant) • Procter & Gamble
INGREDIENTS: Levmetamfetamine, Bornyl Acetate, Camphor, Lavender Oil, Menthol, Methyl Salicylate

Ayr Mentholated Vapor Inhaler (Nasal Decongestant) • B.F. Ascher & Co., Inc
INGREDIENTS: Aromatic Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol and Lavender Oil

Breath Again with SinoMarin – All Natural Seawater Nasal Spray • P.N. GEROLYMATOS
INGREDIENTS: Sterilized Seawater 70%, Purified Water 30%. Equivalent to 2.3% of Salt

Neo-Synephrine Nasal Saline Moisturizer Spray • Bayer
INGREDIENTS: Water, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, EDTA Disodium, Benzalkonium Chloride

NOTE: Breath Again and Neo-Synephrine are salt solutions for clearing nasal passageways. There are several similar products on the market that may also be used. Check to make sure the ingredients are comparable to these.


The ingredients are listed on order by weight. If sugar, glycerin, glycerol, maltodextrin or other sugars are one of the first 3 ingredients, you can be sure it is high in carbohydrate content.

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