Dibabetes and Over the Counter Medications

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judyinky
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   Posted 9/14/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I'm wondering if anyone has had problems with OTC medicatons. I bought some medicine last night for a stuffy nose, sneezing, ect. The pharmacy was closed.  I checked to see if there was any sugar in the gel caps. It did not list anything on it. I just wondered what to look for when buying OTC meds. This is the first time I have had to deal with this because I was diagnoised with diabetes in the spring of this year. I am going to call my pharmacist on this too.
 
Be Well,
 
Judy
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it is the sweet fragrance of grace."



eljay1066
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   Posted 9/14/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy. I think I was diagnosed last spring, too, maybe late winter. I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but I'm interested in seeing the answer. Do we really have to use the sugarless cough drops, for example? I don't often need one, but when I do, I have side effects from the sugarless ones. Can we adjust our diets to accomodate them? It's a great question you raised, and I'm eager to hear the responses.
Take care. Lois




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judyinky
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   Posted 9/14/2006 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lois,
It's nice to meet you. I have started using the sugarless gum and yesterday bought Halls sugar free. I like these. They are assorted mine flavors. I guess if you have to use them, they might as well taste good :-). What kind of side effects do you have from the sugarless cough drops? I guess these are things we will find out as we learn the ropes of dealing with diabetes.

Be Well,

Judy
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
it is the sweet fragrance of grace."



Phishbowl
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   Posted 9/14/2006 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there....OTC meds haven't agreed with me for some time now (even long before Type 1 diagnosis). The sugar in the product is of lesser concern to me than the alcohol and a few other common chemicals with names I can't remember (or spell), but we see them in a lot of cold meds, (particularly allergy and cold, flu, sinus pills and cough syrups).

Last time I had to take cough syrup, I found it immensely beneficial, without the usual wanting-to-crawl-out-of-my-skin side effects, because I only took 1/3 the recommended dose. I read the dose instructions on the bottle, interpreted the dose to mean the maximum for an adult, factored in my "usual reaction" and my Diabetes and took the 1/3 recommended dose.

I watch what they list under "active ingredients" to determine whether I take it or not. Most cough drops don't have much or any medicinal ingredients so I look at the sugar values more than say I would the cough syrup, which has powerful active ingredients.
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

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Claire-Bear
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   Posted 9/15/2006 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

Ask your pharmacist when buying and then DOUBLE CHECK to make sure it doesn't say 'not suitable for diabetics'.  Decongestants are usually not suitable for diabetics.  Please see this link

http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/decongestants.jsp

I always find that it's quite easy to miss something that says 'not suitable for diabetics' when I'm standing in the shop reading it (I've gotten home so many times, re-read the packaging and then found that that it's NOT suitable!) that I always double check with the pharmacist.

Claire x


Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/15/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad this came up. Another thing to pay attention to is the difference in your body when you are sick. Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sleeping for hours at a time, all of these things can affect your sugar levels so it's best to have a plan worked out ahead of time with your doctor on what you should do if you're sick. You should also share this info with a family member or close friend because if you are laid low with a nasty stomach virus or food poisoning you may not be able to make the correct choices from your food plan and your meds may not be correct for your food intake.

Pharmacists are always a first choice for drug info, even more than doctors, and most of them LOVE sharing their knowledge. All night pharmacies often have more time to devote to a customer on the phone than regular ones.
~ Jeannie

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eljay1066
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   Posted 9/15/2006 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy, because I have Crohn's disease I am sensitive to sorbitol and some other artificial sweeteners. They can cause diarrhea in anyone, and I have enough of that already.

Claire, thanks for the information and the link. I rarely take decongestants, but I didn't know they were bad for diabetes. We really do have to pay attention, don't we?
Take care. Lois




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