What Medications Are Recommended for Diabetes Patients When They Are Sick?

When cold and flu season hits, you may be wondering which medications are appropriate for you to take as a diabetes patient. Certain medications can have an impact on your blood glucose levels. However, it is the sickness that increases blood glucose for people that have diabetes and not the medication that is used to treat diabetes. However, certain medications should be used cautiously.


Pain and Fever Reducers


Pain and fever reducers, such as Tylenol and aspirin won’t affect your blood glucose levels. However, you should use these medications with caution if you have renal disease.


Anti-inflammatory Medications


Medications that are anti-inflammatory include Advil, Motrin, Nuprin and Ibuprofen. However, you should also use these medications with caution if you have renal disease.




Antihistamines include medications such as Allegra and Bumex. These medications should be used with caution for patients that have renal disease, cardiac disease and high blood pressure.


For people that have diabetes, medications that contain sugars, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and honey should be avoided. Avoid products that have alcohol, as well. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure which products are okay for you to take when you have diabetes.

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