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.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"