No More BD Glucose Tablets

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2011-11-11 13:24:18 -0600
Started 2009-12-08 13:20:09 -0600


For those of you who use glucose tablets to treat blood sugar lows, did you know that BD has gotten out of the business?

Currently the main & only provider of glucose tablet products is Dex4 — not bad news, since their tabs come in lots of nice flavors.

Note that Dex4 tabs are only 4grams of carbohydrate each, rather that 5 grams (as BD's were). More info here:

28 replies

Type1Lou 2011-11-11 13:24:18 -0600 Report

I didn't know that! I've been buying the Dex4 tabs and enjoy the flavor variety. (Tropical Fruit is what I'm buying) I actually don't care very much for the glucose tabs overall but they are one of the best treatments for hypo episodes as they are fast-acting. It's probably a good thing that I don't like them; that way, I'm not tempted to eat them when I don't need them.

Donna777 2010-01-18 19:58:37 -0600 Report

I noticed the carbs were only 4grms as well. I usually buy the liquid tubes that have 10 or 16 grms; I've found them at walmart or walgreens and don't taste too being liquid you can squirt it under your tongue and it dissolves more quickly into your system. Hope this helps.

imsuzie2 2010-01-10 03:41:42 -0600 Report

Primary said with my constant numbers and current A1c of 6.0, I do not need the tablets. Said if I had episodes of highs and lows, yes. Only time I have been in the 70's, still "normal" was prepping for my colonoscopy. I am aware of that and test every 3 hrs or so, and drink sparkling apple juice if in the 70's. I am one of the lucky ones.

Turtle 2009-12-28 21:43:04 -0600 Report

I get an rx for them from my dr and they are covered. I like dex4. Raspberry is pretty good.

imsuzie2 2009-12-27 01:36:31 -0600 Report

As a type 2, I don't think I have had a low yet. When I am on clear liquids the day before my colonoscopy, I monitor about every 2 to 3 hrs, and the lowest I was was about 72, and the advice nurse had me drink about 2 oz of apple juice. That kept it in the 90's, and 2 oz wasn't too much liquid before the procedure. But, after listening to everyone here, I was gonna ask my doc about them. Oh, a BENEFIT of being diabetic, I can add an egg in the broth to make "egg drop soup" and it is still considered "clear" liquid! S2

DimitriZ 2009-12-27 01:24:14 -0600 Report

the Dex4 are better because they dissolve much faster and easier…and they have better flavors. Costco or Walmart are the cheapest sources that I have found.

Hanadr 2009-12-15 07:16:44 -0600 Report

I don't know where in the world you are, but I'm in England and have just taken a pack of "Dextro energy" tabs from my pocket. this is a German product, but widely available here.. They come in loads of flavours. This unopened pack is black currant. I know several people who like Jelly babies best for the purpose

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-12-15 15:49:51 -0600 Report

We're pretty much "all" in the US here... but thanks for the info on European offerings!

kdroberts 2009-12-15 20:15:42 -0600 Report

I used to have those as a treat sometimes after swimming lessons when I was a kid, the lemon and the blackcurrant were my two favorites.

MABlueEyes 2009-12-13 10:34:33 -0600 Report

I live in Mass and have found at CVS and Walgreens the Glucose Tablets by CAREONE out of Lancaster, NY. Abottle of 50 tablets is $5.00..I like the TROPICAL FRUIT best.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-08 14:53:31 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information we all need to know that, cause you just never know when you might have to have one.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-12-08 14:10:46 -0600 Report

I have been using Reli On. I get them at Walmart. I have seen them at other places and they also come flavored. I don't know if they are the same as the one you are writing about.

jenkybr 2009-12-10 09:40:43 -0600 Report

I use the Reli On brand or American Fare (K-Mart) brand. The flavors are great but my kids think they are treats and I have caught them helping themselves to one or two. I have them educated in helping me with low blood sugar and why we consider those medication and they are not to get into them, I am a single mom so my 13 and 11 year olds have helped me through lows on too many occassions.

kelela1953 2009-12-26 18:01:16 -0600 Report

Are you a Type I? If so, you may do better on the pump that has the sensor that alerts you to highs and lows. It's made by Minimed; talk to your doctor about it. It's really helped me lower my A1C.

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2010-01-10 03:37:10 -0600 Report

I also take the Reli-On glucose tablets at walmart. They come all kinds of different flavors. My favorite is the watermelon and they r very cheap! Only $1.27 for a tube of 10

Jdx 2011-11-11 12:35:07 -0600 Report

I have also used the Wal Mart brand, but after a little due dilligence I found a cheaper alternative. Remember that Halloween candy as a kid called "smarties"? Turns out its made of the same ingredient (Dextrose) as the glucose tabs from the store. They have what they call "mega Smarties" now, the same diameter as the store tabs, so they fit in my existing tubes that i have, but they have only 2.5 carbs per tab(thinner) vs 4 carbs, But when the math is done on these, I belive it figures out to 1.5 cents per carb, verses about 2.5 cents per carb for the rely on brand. I just ordered four cases from the company website,, I think its a good deal, they work well for me, and I save a little money.

kdroberts 2009-12-08 14:08:19 -0600 Report

I didn't like the BD ones, they tasted funny! I go for the store brand, Target usually. Basically the same thing as Dex4 but a lot cheaper.

Sarguillo 2009-12-08 13:59:51 -0600 Report

Man, and the only ones carried at the pharmacy at my hospital is the BG. Guess they are going to have to stock the other brand as soon as they are out of stock.

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