Cold medicines

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2010-12-27 00:14:34 -0600
Started 2010-12-24 11:23:07 -0600

I am not feeling to well as I am coming down with a cold. I don't usually get colds and haven't had to worry about this in at least ten years. What cold medicines are best and safest for diabetics?

11 replies

GabbyPA 2010-12-27 00:10:15 -0600 Report

You really want to watch the sugar content of meds. I find that Alka Seltzer is very effective. I get the Cold Plus version of it and it helps me get the rest I need to squelch it out. Watch the cough drops too...make sure you are watching the carbs in all of those.

You may also want to take some vitamin D3 and drink a lot of water. Try to avoid the drinks like Gatorade...stick with hot tea and water if you can.

Also, test more often if you are feeling out of sorts and still try to eat on your normal schedule. Your levels are going to rise a bit anyway, just because your body is fighting the illness.

peace13 2010-12-26 17:44:53 -0600 Report

they make special diabetic cough medicines if you go to any drug store , walmart or target you can find them in the diabetic section

BandonBob 2010-12-25 12:59:51 -0600 Report

Thanks to all of you who replied. It is much better now and I haven't gotten any medicine just gargled with salt water. Merry Christmas to all.

GabbyPA 2010-12-27 00:13:15 -0600 Report

Good for you. Home remedies are often the best. Never underestimate the value of home made chicken soup. Leave out the noodles and let the soup work it's magic. Glad you are feeling better.

What you might want to do is make up a "sick kit" for next time. Have the medicines that work for you all set aside and ready for you in an easy kit.

Another thing is to make sure you let someone close to you know you are feeling unwell. They can check in on you because you never know if you might have a low that could cause you some trouble. Family or friends...let them take care of you.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-25 08:09:04 -0600 Report

Hope you are feeling better. I forgot to ask my Dr about cold medicine when I asked about allergy medicine at my last visit. the sugerfree Tussin or generic forms of it for my rsidents with diabetes.

RAYT721 2010-12-25 06:08:18 -0600 Report

When my wife (bariatric patient) had a cold (cough, runny nose, ick), we talked to the Walgreens Pharmacist and found a sugar free product for her. OMG… it worked wonders! There was a nighttime and a daytime formula. The package simply said, "Cold Multi-Symptom" on it. I would think any Pharmacist will be able to guide you. They are extremely knowledgeable. I believe that Walgreens is open either 8 or 9:00 to 6:00 today.

GabbyPA 2010-12-27 00:14:34 -0600 Report

Yes, pharmacists are great! As diabetics, we should have a good relationship with the ones who fill your prescriptions. I talk to mine all the time about questions I have.

marla3300 2010-12-25 02:04:19 -0600 Report

I find the use of saline nasal spray so beneficial, both when I am sick and just part of my morning routine. As I get older I find that my body doesn’t work as it used to so eye drops and nasal sprays are necessary. For a pain and fever I use ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Gargling with worm salt water helps with any sore throat. I use a humidifier too if my head is stuffy.
Check you BS more often, when I get sick I notice more highs and lows because my body is under more stress. Eat as much of your normal diet as possible, but if you can’t stick to foods with about 15 grams of carbs for every hour or so, like a ½ cup of cooked cereal, ½ of fozen yogurt or a 3-oz fruit juice bar. Make sure to keep hydrated. Sip liquids instead of drinking it all at once. Sugar-free ginger ale, ½ cup of apple juice.
If you have high blood pressures remember to avoid any cold medicine that has decongestants. For that I use Coricidin HBP.
I hope you feel better soon.

jayabee52 2010-12-25 03:18:37 -0600 Report

LoL! How long do you have to heat those worma? LoL!

You meant to say warm, instead of worm, I'm sure LoL!

Blessed Christmas to you and yours

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