is it okay to take medicine with a decongestant in it?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2011-05-13 09:28:09 -0500
Started 2011-05-10 21:32:01 -0500

I control by diet and exercise and I'm congested, must miserable with it. I wear Breathe Right strips at night when I'm ike this, and that helps, but I realized I am out. I also used my last test strip yesterday and will go get more tomorrow. On the back of most OTC medicines, it says to ask a doctor if you have diabetes so I am afriad of it. It has acetaminophen in it, which I need for my very sore throat, and I am not worried about that one.

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digitaldoorbell 2011-05-12 01:37:27 -0500 Report

I don't know if this is responsive to your question; but, when I had a similar concern I decided to buy an ultrasonic humidifier. I use it every night and it works great without any medication or any side effects.

MarkGThomas 2011-05-11 14:30:56 -0500 Report

I was told by my doctor to avoid pseudoephedrine (and phenylephrine) because they can raise BG. That being said, I took a Mucinex D and monitored my levels closely for the day, and I experienced no noticeable increase.

tabby9146 2011-05-11 20:58:06 -0500 Report

that is good to know, because I am on something idential to Mucinex for chest congestion that is helping my head congestion and the pharmacist said it was okay for me.

MarkGThomas 2011-05-11 22:58:54 -0500 Report

Keep a close eye on your BG level, and if you have heard problems or high cholesterol, be very, very careful. Other than that…well, it worked fine for me.

tabby9146 2011-05-12 08:08:40 -0500 Report

thank God I don't have high cholesterol. In the last 2 1/2 years, that I have known I have D., I have never had a very high reading. It's always been 150 or lower. I am so thankful for that. Don't know how this meds. has affected me, because I was out of strips one the days I began to feel sick and did not go out and get them, so today I will and I am anxious to see. Feeling better, but going to allergy doctor this morning.

GabbyPA 2011-05-11 14:25:07 -0500 Report

I would also consider talking to your pharmacist. They know so much more about the interactions of drugs and can often help you more easily than calling your doctor.

tabby9146 2011-05-11 20:57:18 -0500 Report

I took my pharmacist's advice. The doctor's office said Zyrtec D, but that can have side effects, mainly drowsiness so I called my phramacist, who recommended Mucinex (a generic that was cheaper) that is for chest congestion, which I don't have, but he promised it would help my head congestion and I think it is already working. I take it every 4 hours, so I have taken my third dose just now. My father was a pharmacist, we lost him in 1987 to cancer, and of course, I wish he were here because I loved him, but he sure would be a big help with those kinds of things too.

edvel54 2011-05-11 12:15:32 -0500 Report

There are decongestants that are made for people with diabetes and they work well. I asked my pharmacist and he recommend Robitussin for diabetics. With some OTC medications they will interfere with how well your diabetic medicines work.

kdroberts 2011-05-11 09:32:25 -0500 Report

Generally speaking yes you can and all the OTC allergy meds should be fine. Always double check with your doctor but there should be no reason for you not to use them. I've used various forms of tylenol and sudafed cold and flu meds as well as zyrtec, claritin and benadryl, brand and generic versions of everything.

tabby9146 2011-05-11 09:26:35 -0500 Report

still waiting on my doctor's nurse to call me back and tell me if there anything they reommended for congestion for a diabetic. I hope there is something out there that works well, and won't raise BS too much. A report on the neti pot: it works! It really does help with congestion immediately after you are finished. I still have it, however, but that may be due to my allergies, that I waited a long time, like two days, to do something about. My allergies can be chronic. But, you can use a neti pot everyday. It helps cleanse the sinuses and any time you are exposed to smoke or other irritants. I think I will use this as a preventive, along wtih what my ENT puts me on (besides Zyrtec I still take that) he had me on Singulair, worked great for a long time, but then I was suspecting it was causing me sleep problems, which can be a side effect. The Zyrtec and Singulair never raised my BS.

tabby9146 2011-05-11 07:34:28 -0500 Report

I wonder if there are any allergy meds. OTC that are safe for diabetics, that won't raise blood sugar. I can ask all the pharmacists around here today, there are several drug stores. But first, I am going to try a neti pot for the first time. This has been recommended on Dr. Oz and The Doctors. I bought one a while back, just waiting on hubby to get home with some distilled water. It says to use that, and not tap water. It is supposed to help clear sinuses. I know my congested is due to allergy, spring and summer are the worst times for me and I have had chronic sinusitis in the past. I take Zyrtec every morning. So before going to the alllergy doc, I want to see if this works. I keep reading great things about it. Just wanted to let everyone know this is an all natural sinus rinse. Mine is a Water Pik.

runthe 2011-05-10 23:15:18 -0500 Report

I was told not to take over the counter meds. You need to ask your doctor first before you take anything.

DJackwon 2011-05-13 09:28:09 -0500 Report

I recently had a visit with my pulmonologist, He prescribed an allergy med for me to take two times a day, and then told me to purchase the generic version of sudafed, I also use a sinus rinse. I have had no problems with elevated bs from any of these, however I am a true believer in when in doubt see your Dr(s). What may not effect me, might be entirely different with someone else.

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