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Optimized Over-The-Counter Suggestions for Type 2 Diabetes Patients | Diabetes Daily Post
Optimized Over-The-Counter Suggestions for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Optimized Over-The-Counter Suggestions for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications could be used to manage symptoms temporarily caused by common ailments such as seasonal allergies, diarrhea, constipation, and headache. They usually offer temporary relief for most minor pain and symptoms if the recommendations are followed.

It is imperative if you suffer from chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, asthma, etc. you inform pharmacist prior and receive recommendation accordingly. For instance, some OTC medication may cause the elevation of blood glucose and raise blood pressure.

Lack of provided information from patients, misuse of measure device, duplicate ingredients (acetaminophen) and long-term use of a certain OTC medication even the condition persists and becomes worse are problems associated with OTC use. In the case of children, correct age and weight need be provided to confirm the dose with your pharmacist for a maximum safety. Sharing OTC in the household is a common practice and this could be hazardous to your health and your love ones. Acetaminophen over dose is on the rise and a problem in US. When OTC medications are used properly, they often offer relief and benefits. American Pharmacist Association (APhA) issued a news release in February 27, 2012 under the subject “Pharmacists Help Cold, Flu and Allergy Suffers Select the Best Over-the-Counter Medications” offers the following guidance for patient to obtain maximum benefit from pharmacists:

Optimizing Your Pharmacist’s Over-The-Counter Medication Suggestions

  • Discuss the symptoms you are trying to treat, and the duration of those symptoms, with your pharmacist.
  • Provide the age and weight of the patient to your pharmacist. This is especially important with children’s products or if you are caring for an elderly family member, as formulations may differ depending on weight.
  • Read product labeling, take the medication exactly as directed, learn of possible side effects, and ask your pharmacist what should be avoided while taking the medication.
  • Watch for duplicate ingredients. If you are taking or giving more than one OTC medication check the active ingredient(s) used in each medication to make sure you are not using more than one product with the same active ingredient.
  • Do not use a kitchen spoon to measure liquid medications. Obtain appropriate medication administration aids (i.e. droppers, syringes, spoons, etc.) and ask the pharmacist how to use them properly.
  • Don’t give medications in the dark. Turn on the lights if your child or family member needs medication at night. Do not give medication to anyone who is not fully awake.
  • Follow good health practices to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. Cover the mouth and nose during a cough or sneeze, avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth and wash the hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Remember, most OTC medications are for temporary relief of minor symptoms. Contact your pharmacist or health care provider if your condition persists or gets worse.

APhA also recommends the following to help to prevent polypharmacy related injuries and death:

(Polypharmacy is the use of several different drugs prescribed by different doctors for different medical problems and filled in different pharmacies.)

“Pharmacists work with doctors and other health care providers to optimize care, improve medication use and to prevent disease. To achieve the best outcomes for their condition, patients should maintain regular visits with all of their health care providers. APhA encourages patients to fill all their prescriptions with one pharmacy, get to know their pharmacist on a first name basis, discuss their medications with their pharmacist, carry an up-to-date medication and vaccination list and share all medical information with each of their health care providers.”

To read APhA news release in full



Written by

Gerald Walton, R.Ph.

Clinical Pharmacist

Gerald Walton, R.Ph.

1 Comment
  1. When purchasing OTC products, most consumers will reply on the information on the box or commercial. If you are a diabetic patient like my mother she has Type 2 diabetes, This article offer real information about the possible harm, problem of not consulting pharmacist. Pharmacists are either top 1 or 2 most-trusted health profession in the United States and perhaps most underutilized by the general public. I love my pharmacist because I respect her suggestions. Rex L, Michigan

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