numbers and medication

By GinnyWho Latest Reply 2012-03-23 13:32:24 -0500
Started 2012-03-22 14:53:41 -0500

6 weeks ago I had to change my meter because the insurance wouldn't pay for supplies for the other one I was using. I received a One-touch from my doctor. It almost always reads about 20 points higher than the other one did. I only know this because I still have the other one and occassionaly check it with both to see if the readings are correct. I have tested each meter with testing solution and both read within the correct range. At this doctor visit he stated that my numbers were up about 20 points. He checks the meter with his computer. He also gave me a new medication which is an extremely large pill. I don't think I will be able to swallow it. I don't know what to do. It is kombyglizide of something like that. He is giving me that because of the increased levels. - which I am thinking comes from the meter. I was just able to get my numbers down enough 6 weeks ago to get off Victoza, but was told if the numbers don't go back down I will have to go on another shot. I am very frustrated. Any tips?

2 replies

jayabee52 2012-03-22 21:43:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Ginny, WELCOME to DiabeticConnect.

Regarding the large pill, do you have a pill cutter? Talk to the pharmacist or the Dr and ask if it would do damage to the effectiveness of the pill if it were cut? There are pill splitters available which do wonderful jobs of splitting large pills. My late wife "Jem" had to cut pills to get some of the larger pills down.

Regarding the Kombiglyze see the article from here ~

Regarding the meter. the FDA (going along with the world regulations on testing) has stated that the acceptable range for glucometers is 20 points either way from dead-on accurate. We all want to have as accurate a reading as possible, but that is the criteria they've set up.

To save yourself some frustration, stick with one meter. Don't compare the two. I had access to 2 meters of the same make and model and I checked them out against one another. Even meters of the same make and model read the Blood Glucose (BG) levels differently. What is important rather than being dead-on accurate, is the trends of your BG levels. You want to know whether your BGs are trending up or down. Using more than one meter will only serve to confuse you. (Plus, how do you know for sure that your former meter was not actually testing low, rather than your new meter was testing high?)

I pray you can get off Victoza, and that your numbers stay down.

Blessings to you and yours, Ginny.


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