Over the counter medications...

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-03-03 13:04:36 -0600
Started 2015-03-02 10:20:10 -0600

I am the kind of person that has never liked taking meds…I don't even like taking Tylenol. When I have aches and pains anywhere, even a headache I like to soak in Epsom salts..most of the time with a little essential oil added in…when I have a cough/cold.sore throat…I make hot tea with garlic, ginger, honey(if I have good raw honey) and lemon..and just plain old baking soda when I have acid indigestion…BUT I always keep a supply of emergency meds in the house for times it is absolutely needed…like flu medicine and such…I rarely use them and usually toss them out..I just checked and I am out of cough medicine and out of flu medication.(they expire very soon)…What brands are best for diabetics and wont raise BG levels …thanks in advance…

10 replies

JoleneAL 2015-03-03 13:04:36 -0600 Report

I tell the pharmacist what's up and he gets me what I need. I don't take cold medications anymore myself. I just stay home and rest like my mom taught me to.

GabbyPA 2015-03-03 08:46:01 -0600 Report

Meds can last a lot longer than the expiration dates, the only exceptions are liquids. If you are taking cough medicines, sugar free ones are handy but if you can handle honey, that is one of the best remedies and it has no other garbage in it

Pegsy 2015-03-02 13:12:48 -0600 Report

I am also that "kind of person" who doesn't like to take meds. I never take Tylenol. It is very hard on the kidneys and is pretty ineffective for me. If I must take something for pain or fever I start with MSM which I get at the health food store. It that isn't enough then I will take Aleve or Motrin but that is rare. I mean one or two times a year, rare. If I have to take something for cough, like Sue, I use Robitussin cough gels. If my nose is congested I prefer to use a sinus spray over a decongestant in pill form. Once in a great while I might take an antihystamine if needed but again, that is extremely rare.

suecsdy 2015-03-02 17:19:13 -0600 Report

Pegsy, you just reminded me that I have some MSM on hand. My shoulder has been waking me up at night hurting so much. I should probably take some for a while, at least til this weather warms a little.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-02 13:15:59 -0600 Report

The soft gels don't mess with your BG???

Pegsy 2015-03-02 13:37:28 -0600 Report

I'm not really sure how to answer that. Being sick messes with my BG so how to tell what effect the softgel is having is hard to judge. It surely has less of an effect that a cough syrup would. As I said, it is rare for me to take anything. It has actually been quite some time since I have been so sick that I needed to take anything. I am grateful to God for that!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-02 14:15:03 -0600 Report

sorry I should of realized that..stupid question…or as my son likes to call them…brain cramps…I haven't needed anything really since diagnosis…thank God..and I hate asking the pharmacist about crap like this…he will just tell me to buy the sugar free stuff…comes in tiny bottles and is super expensive…oh well going to the doctor tomorrow..maybe I can get the "straight dope"…from my endo…

suecsdy 2015-03-02 11:49:31 -0600 Report

I have only recently had to start reading all the labels and checking for adverse reactions, more for kidneys than for D, but I liked the Robitussin Cough gels for cough. Haven't had any flu issues for a very long time so can't help on that front. Pepto Bismol tabs were something I always kept on hand for tummy troubles of any kind, but someone pointed out to me they have aspirin in them so that's out now too, but again that's a kidney thing.