Diabetes And Your Unwanted Cold!
Its bad enough having that horrible post-holiday cold without feeling overwhelmed in the pharmacy aisle staring at the numerous choices. As if choosing a product was not hard enough, adding your diabetes into the picture can just make things feel inconvenient. But fear not! Weve got some tips and tricks to help you push through the confusion. First and foremost, dont be afraid to ask your local friendly pharmacist. Pharmacists are medication experts, so who better to confide in than the experts? Dont be intimidated by the counter, although you may have to wait a moment, the pharmacist is happy to assist you and recommend products for your cough, cold or flu symptoms. When we get sick, the added stress on our bodies causes us to release hormones that naturally raise blood sugar. Therefore, it is important to continue to keep track of your blood sugar using a monitor. This is also why it is important to be sure the medications you choose do not increase blood sugar levels even more. Pharmacists recommend to AVOID PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN: Certain cough syrups, powders, and liquids (Robitussin, Mucinex, Emergen-C, Dayquil) These products can include added sugars for flavoring which can increase your blood sugar Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant common in cold formulations that can also cause the body to increase blood sugar levels and blood pressure It can be tempting to grab medications with multiple drug combinations when you are unsure of what product to get. But the unnecessary use of added drugs is unhelpful, more costly and sometimes even harmful. Instead, try to pick out a medication targeted to your symptoms When searching through the aisles, try looking for those keywords on the label such as SUGAR-FREE or ALCOHOL-FREE as in the following examples: Cold-Eeze, Sugar- Continue reading >>
Cough, Cold, Congestion…and Diabetes?
This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your MD before taking any cough and cold medications! During cough and cold season, the cold remedy aisle at the local supermarket or pharmacy is packed with people looking for a fix for their coughing, sneezing, sniffling and aching due to the common cold, virus, or flu. Sales of cough and cold syrup and cough drops soar. Tis the season to buy tissues! Be advised that many cough/cold syrups are made palatable by adding some form of sugar or carbohydrate. For those with Met A, the inclusion of carb has no great significance and allows the “spoonful of medicine” to go down. For those with Met B, this hidden carbohydrate can have major consequences regarding insulin release, fat gain, blood sugar readings, cravings…and all the symptoms of uncontrolled Met B. Liquid DayQuil and NyQuil contain significant carbs. A 2 Tbls dose contains 19 grams of carbohydrate! And that 19 grams of carbohydrate comes straight from pure sugar used to make the cough syrup taste more palatable. As we know, just being “under the weather” with a cough, cold, or flu causes blood sugar and insulin release to rise. If you are feeling sick for a few days, it is a great idea to temporarily retreat to Step 1. The rise in stress hormones caused by illness/healing automatically causes a rise in blood sugar, insulin release, and fat gain…cravings, too! Step 1 is a great safety net. If it’s just a mild cough, a slight runny nose….no problem. But if you are coughing, sneezing, head is aching, nose is running, joints are aching….you should consider a spoonful of Step 1. So, what to do about cough/cold medicines? Opt for the capsules or caplets! I think we feel that the “cough syrup” is more effective but, except for th Continue reading >>
Scot-tussin Diabetes Cough Syrup With Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, Sugar-free Cough Suppressant For Fast Dry Cough Relief
Scot-Tussin Diabetes Cough Syrup with Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide, Sugar-Free Cough Suppressant for Fast Dry Cough Relief Or get our special priced 2-packs at Amazon! FAST RELIEF: Fast-acting cough syrup with dextromethorphan HBr (cough suppressant) provides superior relief of dry cough. SUGAR-FREE: Cough suppressant liquid serving as a diabetic cough syrup with no significant effect on blood sugar (diabetic friendly). ALCOHOL-FREE: Alcohol-free cough syrup that can be used by almost everyone. PLEASANT TASTE: Dry cough suppressant without the unpleasant taste; cherry-strawberry flavor. AGES 12 AND UP: Natural cough suppressant ideal for ages 12 and up. Scot-Tussin Diabetes Cough Syrup is ideal for diabetics who want to silence a dry, hacking cough. As a matter of fact, S.G. Scotti, the companys founder and a diabetic himself, coined the phrase sugar-free in the 1950s. Since 1956, Scot-Tussin has been an innovator in the formulation of cough syrup medications. The formulations are also gluten-, lactose-, sodium-, and dye-free. As a result, they can provide cough relief for most people, including those with diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease, and high blood pressure. For individuals with diabetes, relieving a cough can be especially tricky, as the majority of over-the-counter cough medications contain significant amounts of added sugar. This could translate into a rise in blood sugar levels, which can make diabetics feel even worse in addition to their current cough. It should be emphasized that illness already causes the release of stress hormones that naturally increase blood sugar levels. Scot-Tussin Diabetes Cough Syrup has been recommended by generations of doctors and pharmacists. So, diabetics can safely use this product without fear of spiking blood sugar Continue reading >>
Drugs That Can Raise Bg
By the dLife Editors Some medicines that are used for treating other medical conditions can cause elevated blood sugar in people with diabetes. You may need to monitor your blood glucose more closely if you take one of the medicines listed below. It’s important to note that just because a medicine has the possibility of raising blood sugar, it does not mean the medicine is unsafe for a person with diabetes. For instance, many people with type 2 diabetes need to take a diuretic and a statin to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In these and many other cases, the pros will almost always outweigh the cons. Don’t ever take matters of medication into your own hands. Discuss any concerns you have with your healthcare provider. Certain Antibiotics Of all the different antibiotics, the ones known as quinolones are the only ones that may affect blood glucose. They are prescribed for certain types of infection. Levofloxacin (Levaquin) Ofloxacin (Floxin) Moxifloxacin (Avelox) Ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR) Gemifloxacin (Factive) Second Generation Antipsychotics These medicines are used for a variety of mental health conditions. There is a strong association between these medicines and elevated blood sugar, and frequent monitoring is recommended. Clozapine (Clozaril) Olanzapine (Zyprexa) Paliperidone (Invega) Quietiapine (Seroquel, Seroquel XR) Risperidone (Risperdal) Aripiprazole (Abilify) Ziprasidone (Geodon) Iloperidone (Fanapt) Lurasidone (Latuda) Pemavanserin (Nuplazid) Asenapine (Saphris) Beta Blockers Beta blockers are used to treat high blood pressure and certain heart conditions. Not all available beta blockers have been shown to cause high blood sugar. Atenolol Metoprolol Propranolol Corticosteroids Corticosteroids are used to treat conditions where th Continue reading >>
Diabetes & Sick Days: Which Meds Are Okay And When
Diabetes & Sick Days: Which Meds Are Okay And When Martin C. Abrahamson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Its likely that sometime this winter you were sick or will get sick. Whether its a cold or the flu, this season seems to be when illness strikes. When youre living with diabetes and you get sick, your blood-sugar levels will likely go up. This can alter your normal diabetes-treatment routine. Because of this, you need to think about what you would do, if and when you get sick, before your first cough or sore throat. Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, medical director of Joslin Clinic, offers these tips on managing diabetes while youre sick: Make a sick-day plan with your diabetes specialist. This may include a special meal plan for when you are having trouble keeping food down. Most medications wont have an effect on your diabetes, but some will. Use caution with some antihistamines such as Allegra (fexofenadine hydrochloride) and Bumex (bumetanide) because they can affect heart and blood pressure. Those with diabetes should avoid taking medications containing sugar, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and honey. Also, choose products with little or no alcohol. Use sugar-free cough and cold medicines, including: Chlor-Trometon tablets; Dimetapp Elixir; Scot-Tussin DM Liquid; and Cerose-DM Liquid. If you have questions of whether a certain medication is right for you, ask your doctor. Always take your diabetes medication. If you are having trouble keeping the medicine down, call your doctor. Check your blood-glucose level at least four times a day. If you are too sick to test it yourself, have someone else do it. Write down your levels in case you need to call your doctor. Check for ketones wh Continue reading >>
Sugar Free Prescription Cough Medicine!
Well I managed to get a bottle of sugar free prescription cough medicine! This was no easy task as my doctor did not know what to prescribe and the pharmacy didn't know they had sugar free cough syrup. It seems I was the first person to ever request this! Also you need a paper prescription because it has codeine in it - my doctor first ordered a cough medicine which did not come in sugar free, so I had to go back to the doctor and get a different paper prescription. The pharmacy only has one type which is sugar free and it is called: Guaifenesin/Codine 100-10 mg/5ml SF. I also found over-the-counter sugar free cough medicine, but could only find one type - "Tussin DM". And that only comes in a small container. (Do they think we need less if sugar free or something?) And I found sugar free orange drink which tastes just like orange juice. This is at Walmart in the Kool Aid/soda pop area. It is a powdered drink mix. You can get one packet to make just one glass. So with the cold I have now, my blood sugars are not going through the roof. Nice! I have used the Robutussin DM and it worked for me. I like 4-C products s.f. cranberry/pomegranite drink. Good for you for persisting and achieving prescription sf cough medicine! I, too, hope that you can feel better now and heal quickly. Unfortunately, I can not tolerate any artificial sweeteners. One dose of sf cough medicine and I will have diarrhea all night long. I was finally able to find some Robitussin DM pills that work well, do not raise my bg AND do not cause diarrhea! "My fitness trajectory in my senior years does not have to be a continuous downward slope-- I do have some control over that." --Chrysalis Dx T2; 2005-2014: A1c 6.5-7.0% (ave 6.7) with 2000 mg/day metformin + 40 U/day Lantus. Jan 2015: A1c 7.8%. Reduce ca Continue reading >>
How To Choose Cough Syrup For Diabetics
For people with diabetes , sickness as mild as cold can truly be troublesome. The ailment itself does not endanger their health or life, but the medicine used for treating it is often contraindicated with their condition. Symptoms like coughs can often be relieved only by taking syrup, which contains sugar, which is bad for their diabetes. Diabetic people thus need to know how to pick the rightcough syrup for diabetics. If you are diabetic who is dealing with coughs, you should know whether the sugar content of the syrup is dangerous for your health and whether you should pick a sugar-free drug to treat your condition. Is the Sugar in Cough Syrup Harmful for Your Health? Before you buy and use sugar-freecough syrup for diabetics, the first option that is often available for you when it comes to choosing the right medicine for your condition a syrup that contains sugar. The question is, is the sugar content of the syrup dangerous for your condition? When you read the label of the cough syrup, you will see that the drug is not recommended for people with diabetes. The most common message printed on the label is that you need to ask your doctor before taking the drug if you have heart problem, high blood pressure or diabetes. By looking at the label alone, you should already know that the drug should be taken with caution, especially if you are diabetic. So, the drug tells you that as a diabetic , you should consult your doctor before trying to take the drug. But doctor is not available all the time, right? So, most of the time, you need to rely on your own judgment to determine whether the sugar-containing drug is safe for you to use. If you want to avoid sugar completely, then you need to avoid using sugar-containing cough syrup and choose sugar-freecough syrup for diab Continue reading >>
My Mother Has Diabetes And She Has Since Had This Dry Cough Thats So Irritating And Gives Her Chest Pain Besides She Sometime Has Difficulty
My mother has diabetes and she has since had this dry cough thats so irritating and gives her chest pain besides she sometime has difficulty those around her should live with her with love and understanding, then let her seek medical advice and keep controlling blood sugar and all will be well. The best solution is to bring down her sugar levels down and start medication for dry cough Let me give u some idea Take a Fresh Ginger of 1 inch and crush it and put it in the hot boiling water then add some tea powder(Please do not use sugar and milk) tell her to take a cup of this mixture every three hours in 2 days this dry cough will go please do not forget to continue your Diabetic medicines she is probably facing these problems when her blood sugar rises ( hyperglycemia), the better dosage of her either oral therapy or insulin medication and diet will help her feel good. It is sad to read such misfortune. Diabetes is an indeed expensive terrible misfortune. After my dad completely managed to break free from the bondage of Diabetes i have personally embarked on a solo campaign to share this with other sufferers too. Your mom too can receive relief,so too will your wallet. I have the most confidence in this product my himself took that i take it myself. You can reach me '[email protected]' on how to get this product for your mom or call direct +233541430735 Take her to see a Chest Specialist. I recommend Dr SM Gathua of Ngong Road or Dr Mwongera of Parklands. Diabetics also suffer other infections and must be treated urgently has the immunity is lower and complications can arise faster. Sorry for the sick mother however the cough can go with good medication and also the diabetes can be reversed if you take these herble products from this company BF Suma this is an Ame Continue reading >>
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How Medications Can Impact Type 1 Diabetes Management
When taking medicine, you must always read labeling carefully and be aware of possible side effects. When you have Type 1, you have the added consideration of how it will affect your blood glucose levels as well as any devices that you depend on for your diabetes management. And as with anything you digest, you must know the carb count, administering insulin as needed. Apart from daily medication such as birth control, having a sick-day protocal is always smart for the unexpected bug. This way, you’ll be stocked ahead of time with essentials to ease your mind and decrease additional stress over your care. Here are some must-knows about over-the-counter medication and what it means for your Type 1. Cold Medicine Being sick stresses the body, and when your body’s stressed it releases blood-glucose raising hormones. These hormones can even prevent insulin from properly lowering your levels. Consider the following when taking cold medicine: Opt for pill forms – if possible, pills over syrups are better for their lack of carbohydrates. Check for added sugars – When taking syrups, double-check the labels of over-the-counter brands to make sure they don’t have added sugar. See if there’s a sugar-free option – Though small doses of sugar don’t pose a huge risk, your safest bet is to ask your pharmacist about sugar-free syrups. Check your BGLs frequently – This should be triple the time you typically check. Being sick makes you more susceptible to BGL extremes. Administer insulin accordingly – Medicine, just like food, must be dosed for. Blood Glucose Levels Even without sugar, short-term cold medicines can send your blood glucose levels spinning. Aspirin has been known to lower glucose levels Pseudoepinephrine, the decongestant found in most over-the-counter Continue reading >>
Watching Your Sugar? Watch Out For Cough Syrup!
Q Since I have diabetes, should I worry about the sugar in cough and cold medicines? A People with diabetes do need to think twice before buying over-the-counter (OTC) cough, cold and flu medications. Many of these medications contain various forms of sugar, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup—but the labels don’t state how much sugar the product contains per dose. It’s a dilemma because in some cases the carbs, mostly from sugar, are so high it’s equivalent to a snack—and that affects blood sugar. The products I have investigated vary greatly from having just a few milligrams of carbs per dose to having as much as 24 grams—about as much as you’d find in a Hershey’s chocolate bar! To confuse matters further, some have alcohol in them, which can reduce blood sugar levels…while being sick in the first place can increase blood sugar levels. My first bit of advice: Keep your blood sugar under control when you are well. If your blood sugar is consistently well-managed, an occasional rise in blood sugar from a medication isn’t a concern, and you should be fine taking an OTC medication for a few days. But if your blood sugar is often elevated or is hard to control, be especially careful when buying these medications… Be a carb sleuth. Most cough and cold liquid preparations have some sugar to make them taste better. Look for tell-tale ingredients that spell S-U-G-A-R—high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup or sucrose. But being listed as an ingredient doesn’t answer how much sugar is in the product. My own informal investigation has found that Robitussin Cough + Chest DM came in very low (0.67 grams (g) of carbs per adult dose) and Delsym Cough 12 Hour Cough Relief was low (3.6 g of carbs per adult dose). But NyQuil Cold & Flu Nighttime Relief Continue reading >>
Treating Coughs And Colds (along With Your Sugar And Blood Pressure)
Treating Coughs and Colds (Along With Your Sugar and Blood Pressure) Follow these tips to select the best non-prescription medicine to treat cough and cold symptoms. Cough, cold and influenza season is upon us. It can be difficult for anyone to select a medicine to treat with the thousands of over-the-counter products available in the OTC aisle and behind the counter. Add in a condition, like diabetes, and the selection process can become overwhelming. Complicating matters, some medicines may interact with prescription medicines, or contain carbohydrates that can affect blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, carbohydrate content is not included on the FDA Drug Facts label. Use the following tips to select an over-the-counter medicine to treat cough and cold symptoms. Controlled blood sugar levels offer more options If your A1c and blood pressure values are at or near goal before illness onset, many over-the-counter medicines can be taken safely for a few days. Colds usually start with a sore throat followed by a combination or alternating runny/stuffy nose. Symptoms generally resolve in 7 to 14 days. Because symptoms change every few days with a cold, medicine to treat symptoms should only be taken while those symptoms last; which is usually only for a few days. Keep in mind that blood sugar levels go up naturally during illness due to the stress that being sick places on the body. Select single ingredient products With medicines, more is not always better! Many over-the-counter medicines are combination products that contain multiple ingredients. Cough syrups often contain two medicines: one to stop cough (suppressant) and another to encourage cough (expectorant). It does not make sense to take both at the same time. In addition, combination products often contain acetami Continue reading >>
Robitussin Peak Cold Cough + Chest Congestion Dm Non-drowsy Liquid Sugar Free - 4 Fl Oz
Robitussin Peak Cold Cough + Chest Congestion DM Non-Drowsy Liquid Sugar Free - 4 fl oz Thins and loosens mucus for a more productive cough Relieves cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation get it by Tue, Apr 3 with standard shipping. get it by Tue, Apr 3 at Manhattan Herald Square For frequent, persistent coughs, Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion DM Sugar Free thins mucus to relieve chest congestion and gets your cough under control. Robitussin acts to suppress coughs and thin mucus so your cough is more productive, all with a non-drowsy formula that works even at the height of your cold. Provides soothing action, it suppresses cough plus it helps loosen phlegm and thins bronchial secretions to make cough more productive. Health Facts: contains guaifenesin, contains dextromethorphan HBr, Sugar-free, Non-drowsy Healthcare Disclaimer: Content on this site is for reference purposes only. Target does not represent or warrant that the nutrition, ingredient, allergen and other product information on our Web or Mobile sites are accurate or complete, since this information comes from the product manufacturers. On occasion, manufacturers may improve or change their product formulas and update their labels. We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on our Web or Mobile sites and that you review the product?s label or contact the manufacturer directly if you have specific product concerns or questions. If you have specific healthcare concerns or questions about the products displayed, please contact your licensed healthcare professional for advice or answers. Acetaminophen 500mg Quick Release Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer Gelcaps - up & up Acetaminophen 500mg Extra Strength Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer Caplets - (Compare to Extra Strength Continue reading >>
What Kind Of Cold Medicine Can Diabetics Take?
home / diabetes center / diabetes a-z list / what kind of cold medicine can diabetics take article What Kind of Cold Medicine Can Diabetics Take? Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP(C) Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP(C) is an Attending Physician with the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Associate Director of Clinical Research, Recruitment and Phenotyping with the Center for Androgen Related Disorders, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. My mother just found out she has diabetes. What can she take for a cough or cold, since most of the medicines have a lot of sugar? There are a few things I'd like to mention before I get straight to your answer. Ifyour mother's cough is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever , chills , sore throat , or other systemic symptoms, she should be assessed by a physician. Likewise, is she is coughing up phlegm (sputum) that is thick, green, otherwise has color, or is excessive in amount, she should be seen by a doctor. In addition, if she identifies triggers, such as dander, or pollen , this may be more than a simple cough , and should be investigated. Finally, it is common sense that she and anyone with diabetes (or without diabetes , for that matter) should not smoke. There are over-the-counter remedies available without sugar , and if in doubt, your pharmacist should be able to point you in the right direction. In particular, Benylin Adult is sugar and alcohol free, and provides some relief from a non-productive (dry) cough. This should not be used in conjunction with MAOIs , in pregnancy or in nursing mothers. The active ingredient inthis formula is Dextromethorphan, and it is PPA (phenylpropanolamine) free. Another possibilityis Robitussin CF. This preparation has been re-formulate Continue reading >>
Sugar Free Cough Syrup For Diabetics
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Sugar-free Cough Syrup Does Not Raise Blood Sugars
Sugar-free Cough Syrup Does Not Raise Blood Sugars People with diabetes should know that they have the option of treating their seasonal cold and flu symptoms with a sugar-free cough syrup. Most consumers dont even realize how much sugar is in many cough and cold medicines, not to mention many other unnecessary ingredients, says Gary M. April, president of Health Care Products, the company that manufactures Diabetic Tussin. Diabetic Tussin is the first and only cough and cold medicine formulated without sugar, sodium, alcohol, fructose, sorbitol, dyes and decongestants. It contains the active ingredients Guaifensin and Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide to control coughs and relieve chest congestion. A childrens formula and cough drops in cherry and menthol flavors are also available. Diabetic Tussin comes in liquid and soft gel, and is available at most major supermarkets and wholesalers throughout the country, including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger and Giant Foods. For more information on Diabetic Tussin, visit Health Care Products Web site at www.diabeticproducts.com, or call (800) 899-3116. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through Continue reading >>