Illness and treatment...

By Momto3 Latest Reply 2009-04-07 14:45:58 -0500
Started 2009-04-06 13:51:53 -0500

Question - when any one of you comes down with a cold or the flu what kind of cold meds do you take? Why does it say to check with a doctor before taking cold meds if you have diabetes? Any thoughts?

12 replies

2catty 2009-04-07 14:37:59 -0500 Report

A whole lot of interactions with the meds we take with the med they offer can effect neg. too. Plus some meds make sugars go higher. Although when I had my head cold last month my husband non-diabetic and me diabetic took a diabetic cough syrup and on the way home from shopping our legs started clenching and jerking so bad we had to pull over 4 times to stretch them out before we even got home. I looked closely and in fine print it said people with RLS should be careful too. Well now both of us has that. It was horrible.

MeiMei 2009-04-07 11:15:33 -0500 Report

The reason why they always say check with your doctor is that some are not good if you have high blood pressure which also goes along with diabetes. Again, it is always good to check.

janetrobe 2009-04-07 00:17:28 -0500 Report

musinex-D is great for congestion and for coughing sugar-free Robitussin may help, but I usually call my Dr. first. A antibiotic maybe needed.

2009-04-06 19:44:40 -0500 Report

I need help with this too! I got two flu shots this year! One at my doctor and one while I was in the hospital by mistake, lol. I woke up this morning coughing my head off and my chest is really congested. I had also heard the Mucinex D was good and they gave this to my dad just after open heart surgery. I'm taking the Mucinex and still coughing like crazy! :( Any other suggestions? I just got out of the hospital on Saturday and assume I picked up something there. Thanks, Angie

freddyg2u 2009-04-07 10:07:51 -0500 Report

Why take a flu shot, it's already dead. I refuse these everytime I am offered one as they seldom do anything but get you sick. Fred

2009-04-07 14:32:54 -0500 Report

I've taken the flu shot for the last 10 years and no flu for me. I just have the crud now. I'll continue on with my flu shots, but thanks for your comment. Angie

jimstez 2009-04-06 13:55:59 -0500 Report

My experience has been that so many times meds are full of sugar and other things not good for Diabetics and that asking your doctor keeps them in the loop and many times he will prescribe something that will not harm your body!

Momto3 2009-04-06 13:59:02 -0500 Report

Thanks Jim, but I am talking about capsules or pills…is there sugar in those too?

freddyg2u 2009-04-07 10:12:07 -0500 Report

Hi mom2u. I doubt that there is sugar in caps, pills or tablets. It's the usual flair for cough syrup unless it states no sugar added in the medicine. Fred

jimstez 2009-04-07 14:45:58 -0500 Report

That is what I was talking about. You look at the ingredients in Cough syrups, cold pills, etc and the top thing in a lot of these is sugar.