When you or your child are ill, what kind of over-the-counter medications do you use?
Regular medications 33% (209) Sugar-free medications 20% (124) Both 36% (225) We don't use any kind of over-the-counter medications 3% (19) I wasn't aware that there were sugar-free medications 6% (43)
When you or your child are ill, what kind of over-the-counter medications do you use?Poll dates: October 31 - November 7, 1999
Total Votes: 620
Many people take over the counter medications when they're sick with the cold or flu. Often, the illness itself causes blood sugars to be high. Some medications contains sugar, which could increase blood sugars even more.
In addition to sugar in medicine like cough syrup, decongestants can also raise blood sugars. Watch for them in cold pills and cough syrups.
See also this recent question from Ask the Diabetes Team:
- What medicine can I give to a diabetic who has a cold and is coughing? I want to give cough medicines but they say don't give to diabetics.
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 15:36:23
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