Q: Do vegans make sure their prescription medications are free of animal products?
A: Sure! We would all like to answer YES to that question, but it isn’t as simple as that. There are many factors to consider. Is the main ingredient of the prescription derived from an animal? Many, but not all vegans would refuse the drug. Secondary ingredients serve a little harder choice to make. Finding out what is used as filler in your medication has become easier thanks to internet sites like Drugs.com. But, often there are no animal-free alternatives.
The more concerning factor, as a vegan needing prescription medications, is the animal testing; the FDA requires all medication to be tested on animals. Some vegans make sacrifices and avoid medications all together. I personally do the research to find the most vegan friendly option, and often stick to the generic option with the least amount of animal ingredients.
Being a vegan is about living a lifestyle that does not support animal exploitation as much as possible and practicable; it is not about being 100% vegan. Besides- you can’t fight for animal rights if you’re dead!