miss eva

Q:

What would you suggest? I have trouble taking shots and pills everyday. I don't have that will power.

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Diabetes is a lot of work, and it can be hard to take medicines on time every day. If you are having trouble following the schedule you have been given, there are a few things you can do. First, let your healthcare provider know you are having trouble. Second, ask if there are alternatives for you. For example, some oral medicines can be taken once a day, not twice. Also, there are combination pills -- two types of oral medications in one pill. As for the insulin, sometimes healthcare providers order 4 injections of insulin per day without thinking about the fact that for some people, this just doesn’t work with their schedule. Ask your healthcare provider whether a pre-mixed insulin might work better for you. If you are having problems with your memory, create a system that helps you to remember your pills. Prefilling pill boxes, writing down on a calendar when you take your medicine or asking a family member to remind you are all strategies you can try.

October 25, 2012 at 6:02 am