Cold medicine

By ali21 Latest Reply 2013-01-01 12:45:56 -0600
Started 2012-12-30 18:45:33 -0600

Hey guys!!!
Just wondering why we must consult with our doctors first if we want to take a pill for cold relief

5 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-31 21:30:33 -0600 Report

You should consult your physician because:
A. You don't know how OTC (over the counter) medication will react to the medications you are taking.
B. Cough medicines can raise blood sugar

Your doctor should be contacted for all medical advice and medication changes. Even though OTC medications come with instructions for use, people tend to not follow the instructions which also can cause an adverse effect even if you are not on prescribed medications. Cold remedies can also mask other medical problems. I had a cold and could not get rid of the cough with OTC cold medication my doctor told me I could take. After two weeks the cough seemed to be getting worse. Turned out I had the beginning of Bronchitis after I contacted my doctor because of the cough. The way I see it is I have a doctor. He is the only one I consult about medical/medication problems or questions. Medications can effect each person differently so what might work for me could be very harmful for someone else.

tabby9146 2012-12-31 17:28:22 -0600 Report

there are some sugar free cold meds I heard, I do know there are sugar free cough med out there I have taken that.

Lizardfan 2013-01-01 12:45:56 -0600 Report

Me too Tabby. If I am using an OTC cold med I make sure to get one of the High Blood Pressure ones for safety with that too. Plus, sugar free cough drops if I need those. I mostly use prescription meds, but try to start out with OTC first.

tabby9146 2012-12-31 17:28:01 -0600 Report

I would, you will notice on most all meds it will say if you have this and that, and diabetes is included so often, consult your doctor.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-30 19:37:46 -0600 Report

Hey, cold medicines can raise the BG levels as well as blood preasure which isn't good if suffering from high numbers and high BP normally. Ask the pharmacist which cold meds to take since not sure type/where you are at with your diabetes. The pharmacy does carry sugar free cough syrup and throat drops. Or have the after hour dr call you back with what he wants you to do:)

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