Diabetes and OTC Medications



I picked up some sort of bug from the children and it made me think of a few months back when my mother was very sick. With five children in the home, three of which attend three different schools, we come in contact with many, many different germs. When a bug infiltrates, it is not long before all of us are in varying stages of illness. My mom was the last to be ‘hit’ with what I refer to as the ‘Fletcher Plague of 2007’.

She had the worst cough and we ran out of her regular cough medication. My mother in law picked up some Dayquil and my mother tried it out. We knew her sugar may spike, so we took precautions with her meals and had insulin at the ready. Luckily, she had no ill effects from the medication during the day and later on, we tried a dose of Nyquil early in the evening to avoid any late night episodes.

After her dose, it was several hours before she went to sleep, but at 3 A.M., the alarm to our upstairs floor began screeching. Someone had popped the mechanism to wake us. My husband rushed down to find my father in law at our door, sweaty, disoriented, and about to pass out. It seems he had taken the same medication in a larger dose than my mother and had began wandering! He is a diabetic as well, but does not pay attention to over the counter medication warnings. I spent the next few hours watching him and checking his sugar levels. We had him drink several cups of pure water, which did help to lower the glucose levels.

Since then, he has been much more careful in choosing over the counter cold/flu/sinus medications. We have all taken a second look at what is in our medicine cabinet, taking careful stock of what the diabetics in our household can use safely. Sugar free medications or medications that are labeled ‘Diabetic’ are generally safe for use in diabetics or those with sensitivity to sugar.

You still need to speak with your doctor because over the counter medications mask the symptoms of an ailment. You may assume you are suffering from a common cold, but truly have a sinus infection, the flu, or even pneumonia. Any infection in someone with diabetes is potentially very serious. Ask your doctor about including Vitamin C and Zinc in your morning supplements. Both of these supplements have a track record of assisting the body while it fights off illness.

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  1. In addition to Vitamin C and Zinc, you may want to look into Elderberry extract. The New York Giants were given this supplement when a bunch of them showed up with flu like symptoms. But again make sure that it does not go against your Doc’s advice.

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