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Spinning_Lass
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Cough Syrup

I have a Dr. Appointment on tuesday so I will be asking her this question too, but I was curious about the thoughts here.

I have a cold, stopped up, sore throat, and coughing. You know, the typical head cold. I've taken Delsyum one night and Robatussin one night. Both caused my bg# to rise to 146 and 142 respectively. It this bad? Is there something else that some of you take that doesn't do this?
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Re: Cough Syrup


Spinning_Lass wrote:
I have a Dr. Appointment on tuesday so I will be asking her this question too, but I was curious about the thoughts here.

I have a cold, stopped up, sore throat, and coughing. You know, the typical head cold. I've taken Delsyum one night and Robatussin one night. Both caused my bg# to rise to 146 and 142 respectively. It this bad? Is there something else that some of you take that doesn't do this?

What were your numbers before you took the medications?

 

Testing isn't just for meals, whenever you try anything, including medications, it's good to find out how much of a rise (if any) it might cause.

 

It's been my experience that the small amount of sugar in cold medications isn't enough to make much of a difference really.  Of course you have some advertised as "for diabetics" and warnings on labels for diabetic.  But that's usually just to change more for "diabetic" and a CYA for the other notations.

 

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Spinning_Lass
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Re: Cough Syrup

My numbers before were 96 and 101 and I tested several times and the peaks were the 146 and 142. I hear just being sick can have an effect as well. True?

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Re: Cough Syrup

Sonning Lass wrote

I've taken Delsyum one night and Robatussin one night. Both caused my bg# to rise to 146 and 142 respectively.

Well pure granulated sugar has 4grams of carbs per teaspoon, so your cough syrup would have less than that.  How many teaspooons of cough syrup did you take at a time?

 

Yes being sick will cause your blood lgucose to rise, as will any medical stress on the body. So that is am ore likely cause--or something else.

 

 

 

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Re: Cough Syrup

My logic is to do whatever you would normally do to get over the cold and sore throat. The numbers you describe are not serious enough to be a concern but letting the inflammation continue is.

 

Get well soon; the sooner you do the sooner your numbers will improve whether or not you use cough syrup.

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Lass- there are many cold remedies in pill form- I suggest trying one of those-

I had a cold recently sore throat,achy body, massive coughing ,stuffed up nose etc.

I took the tablets as prescribed and the symptoms,for the most part went away.  Remember to drink plenty of fluids- helps to flush out all the nasty stuff.

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Re: Cough Syrup

Spinning_Lass

 

Definitely not an expert and there are others a lot more knowledgeable than me.

 

When first diagnosed I bought into some of the marketing hype, "Diabetes" stuff (various versions of cold medicines, etc) that were more expensive and no way near as effective (at least they didn't feel that way).  Gave up on that after the first winter when I noticed the effect that the overall illness had on my numbers.  The medicines might be responsible for some of it but the illness was more responsible IMO.  Take what worked for you before, knock the symptoms down, and get to feeling better quicker.  That will get everything back to that even kilter we like.

 

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Re: Cough Syrup

I take bee propolis as both a preventative and when I feel the first sign of a scratchy throat, which pretty much knocks those on the head right away, as well as protecting me from colds in general when everyone around me is sneezing an coughing all over the place.

 

For coughs, when it's absolutely necessary, I take sugar-free cough syrup (it doesn't taste the best, but which cough syrup does?).  Or, I get a script from my Dr. for SF syrup with a little codeine to help me sleep.

 

You do need to read the labels of OTC syrups - or anything else you ingest - even vitamins can have carbs.

 

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xenablue wrote:

I take bee propolis as both a preventative and when I feel the first sign of a scratchy throat, which pretty much knocks those on the head right away, as well as protecting me from colds in general when everyone around me is sneezing an coughing all over the place.

 

For coughs, when it's absolutely necessary, I take sugar-free cough syrup (it doesn't taste the best, but which cough syrup does?).  Or, I get a script from my Dr. for SF syrup with a little codeine to help me sleep.

 

You do need to read the labels of OTC syrups - or anything else you ingest - even vitamins can have carbs.

 

Cheers,

xena


Good to see another fan of bee propolis. :smileyhappy:  The tablets I take smell awful, but they work well on a sore throat.  I just suck on one of them whenever I start to get a little scratchy.  I don't take a lot of supplements, but propolis seems to have warded off most colds for the last few years, so I'm a big fan of this one. 


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Re: Cough Syrup


Talvie wrote:

xenablue wrote:

I take bee propolis as both a preventative and when I feel the first sign of a scratchy throat, which pretty much knocks those on the head right away, as well as protecting me from colds in general when everyone around me is sneezing an coughing all over the place.

 

For coughs, when it's absolutely necessary, I take sugar-free cough syrup (it doesn't taste the best, but which cough syrup does?).  Or, I get a script from my Dr. for SF syrup with a little codeine to help me sleep.

 

You do need to read the labels of OTC syrups - or anything else you ingest - even vitamins can have carbs.

 

Cheers,

xena


Good to see another fan of bee propolis. :smileyhappy:  The tablets I take smell awful, but they work well on a sore throat.  I just suck on one of them whenever I start to get a little scratchy.  I don't take a lot of supplements, but propolis seems to have warded off most colds for the last few years, so I'm a big fan of this one. 


 

YAY Talvie!!! I've been a propolis fan for many years!  I've found some really excellent ones at www.thenaturalshopper.com - no icky taste with them.  I also bought a tin of the propolis chewing gum, which is great at that first sign of scratchy throat.  

 

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