Do You Need A Prescription For Diabetic Supplies?

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Travel & Diabetes

People with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can travel all over the world – diabetes is no barrier. Make the right preparations and you should be able to minimise any potential problems. The diet for people with diabetes is the same healthy diet recommended for everyone so you should be able to choose items from the usual menu while away from home. If you are travelling alone, you may like to let the staff know when you check in as a precaution in case you become unwell during your stay. Things to check before you go Carry diabetes ID and a letter from your GP, which says you have diabetes and the medication you need to treat it if you are carrying insulin or an injectable medication. Take twice the quantity of medical supplies you would normally use for your diabetes. Find out where you can get supplies of insulin at your destination, in case of emergency. Contact your insulin manufacturer before the trip to see if your insulin is supplied in the country you are travelling to. It's also worth checking that it is sold under the same name. You can get your prescription sent to your destination by courier. Flights often cross time zones. If you treat your diabetes with medication o Continue reading >>

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  1. throwaway313328

    I've been having some weird issues that may be related to hypothyroidism or some other issue. It seems like I have hyperglycemia which will come and go. Blood tests at the lab aren't of any use since I can't get to the lab exactly when I am having these symptoms.
    I'd like to just buy a blood glucose meter and test strips without having to go to a doctor or talk to a pharmacist so that I can self-monitor for a few weeks to see what is up. Is that possible in Canada or do I need a prescription? I can't seem to find the test strips in the aisles - are they behind the counter?

  2. perciva

    In BC you don't need a prescription, but they'll typically be behind the pharmacy counter. I imagine other provinces will be the same.
    This is very unlikely to produce symptoms which come and go quickly -- the in-vivo halflife of thyroxine is around a week. If you're having hypothyroid-like symptoms which come and go it's far more likely to be adrenal.

  3. throwaway313328

    Thanks. It comes and goes over a period of days. So I might get three days where I have high levels of thirst and then it goes back to normal.
    Do you mean adrenal fatigue?

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