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over-the-counter medicines can affect the blood sugar
level of people who have
diabetes. Some should be used with caution, and some
should be avoided. Follow all instructions on the label. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor's advice about what amount to give. When you have a minor illness (such as a cold or the flu)
and need a nonprescription medicine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist before
Cough and cold medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and in some cases weight. These medicines may help with symptoms, but they won't help you get better faster. There are other things you can do that may work just as well or better.
Some medicines use artificial
sweeteners instead of sugar to improve taste or do not contain ingredients that
increase blood sugar in other ways.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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