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Old 10-19-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Question Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

I was told that decongestants and other cold meds can increase glucose levels. I suffer from horrible allergies and have been TRYING to avoid these things until I go back to the dr. next week to ask about it.

I USED to take both sudafed for congestion and benedryl for runny nose/sneezing.

If you have allergies, what do you take?

(Yes, I intend to ask the dr., but it would be nice to hear from others.)

 
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Re: Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

If you read the ingredients list, and see pseudoepinepherine, it will raise your glucose levels if you take it. If it doesn't contain that, you're generally okay.

 
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Re: Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

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If you read the ingredients list, and see pseudoepinepherine, it will raise your glucose levels if you take it. If it doesn't contain that, you're generally okay.


Thanks, I was also told to avoid decongestants that don't contain pseudoepinepherine like the newer Sudafed?? I am just sittting back waiting for a nice hard frost to kill off the stuff that make me sneeze!!

 
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Re: Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

These are the ingredients you want to avoid. Pseudoephinepherine, pseudophidrine, epinephrine, and phenylephrine. All of those will increase blood glucose levels, releasing from the liver. Any "epinephrine" class of compounds will do this.

 
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Re: Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

Thanks a bunch!!

 
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Re: Allergy meds that don't increase glucose levels?

Anything with a "D" component would be a no. Benedryl, regular zyrtec, claritin, etc should be fine. For congestion, try saline sprays and rinses. They should help and are OK for you to use.

 
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Anything with a "D" component would be a no. Benedryl, regular zyrtec, claritin, etc should be fine. For congestion, try saline sprays and rinses. They should help and are OK for you to use.
EWWWW, you want me to spray crap up my nose??!! LOL I would deal with the congestion if I could still take the bendryl or reg. zyrtec for the sneezing and running nose.

The nurse that did my diabetic education said no to those too?? I will be seeing the dr. later this week, hopefully she will green light the zyrtec. I know that the last time I was in to see her, (when diagnosed with T2 3 1/2 weeks ago) my blood pressure was border line high and THAT can be because of the allergy meds...so I am trying to abstain until she at least says my blood pressure is back in line.

 
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