Many 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. 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 buying one.
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 Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerTheresa O’Young, PharmD – Clinical Pharmacy David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC – Endocrinology