Are there Carbohydrates in Medications?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-01-30 06:55:05 -0600
Started 2011-01-26 23:31:52 -0600

This might sound silly, but with certain medications that I have to take, make my blood sugars rise.

I was wondering, are there "fillers" in the medications that could be carbohydrates?

I know I'm often told by my doctors that certain (drugs) medications will make my blood sugars rise. But, I was wondering if that is because of some filler?

17 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-29 22:47:54 -0600 Report

When I asked my Dr about whether my OTC allergy medicine would cause any BG problems he said the one I take is mild so it shouldn't be a problem. I think it can be what the chemical makeup of the med is that causes the problems.

vgarrison 2011-01-28 01:48:42 -0600 Report

I know that OTC meds that have a coating on them are usually made with sugar..also most cough syrups have some form of sugar in them…the only thing my dr told me to use that specifically said diabetic on it was cough syrup…so I use a sugar free kind..and of course guess what it tastes like it has to sugar in it…eeewwwwww!!!!

I bet if the prescription drugs have some kind of binder in it, them I'm sure that sugar would be part of it…

This is a good post…I love ones that get your brains going…LOL!!!

VickieF 2011-01-27 18:33:50 -0600 Report

As gabby said some meds have sugars in them. Guess what, As my Dr. told me you do not have to count sugar when you look at something, you look at the total carbs, because sugars are carbs.
And , by the way the only silly question is the unasked one. ;)

Aaron1977 2011-01-27 12:30:19 -0600 Report

Sometimes by just being sick your bs levels can rise - it may be just a coincidence that you are taking meds. Kinda depends on how/why you are sick.

re1ndeer 2011-01-27 15:12:16 -0600 Report

Thanks for your response. Are you talking about other illness that I may have or the cold and flu kind of sick?

Aaron1977 2011-01-27 19:43:46 -0600 Report

I was more referring to cold/flu. I often have higher bs when I get sick. Its partially due to less activity and partially due to bring sick. The same guideline about activity applies to other illnesses. If you are sidelined for a few days and don't do much moving around - you can expect your levels to go up. (at least that is what happens to me)

kdroberts 2011-01-27 08:14:37 -0600 Report

Most OTC drugs will give you an ingredient list. Stuff like cough syrup almost always has glucose in it and some pills use things like corn starch and the like to form the pill.

If you go to, search for a specific drug and look for the listing that says prescribing information (Professional Monograph (FDA)). At the bottom of the entry there is usually some basic general ingredient lists.

However, there are certain medications where the actual drug can raise blood sugar. Steroids and some depression/anti-psychotic meds are common ones, both are known to have diabetes as a possible side effect.

MewElla 2011-01-27 07:42:47 -0600 Report

Honestly, I have never thought about this, bg rising with certain medications. But I feel certain there are carbs tucked inside. Carbs seem to be everywhere I look…Good question brought up.

GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:42:06 -0600 Report

I know that there are calories in some supplements, but I have never seen a nutritional label on prescription drugs. That will be interesting to find out. I wonder if pharmacists have that information?

I know that some drugs do raise levels, but it is because of the drug. Things with steroids in them will often raise our levels. OTC medicines you have to check for sugars, because there are some in those. Specially cold syrups.

re1ndeer 2011-01-27 07:45:40 -0600 Report

Next time I go to get my refills I will ask the pharmacist. I just thought maybe, someone out there knew. Thanks i will look into this further.

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