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Managing Diabetes - Drugs and New Products

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 Drugs - Introduction

I've got too many tablets!

People with Type 2 Diabetes often receive multiple prescriptions from their doctors. These include tablets to lower blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and drugs to reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Many find this bewildering and have difficulty remembering whether they have taken their medication on a daily basis. Some choose to skip doses, especially since many of the drugs do not improve their well being.

General advice on medication

  • Know your drugs, after all you shouldn't be swallowing anything without knowing what it does! You should be able to identify your tablets by name and remember the dose if possible. Carry a list of your medications in your purse; this is often useful when attending clinics. 
  • Take your tablets regularly. If you have many tablets and tend to forget doses, obtain a dosset box from your pharmacist.
  • If a tablet disagrees with you let your doctor know.
  • Find out about the common side effects of your medication. Many treatments for high blood pressure require an occasional blood test to check on your kidney function. If you are on a 'Glitazone' for type 2 diabetes, you would be required to have a test of liver function. Remind your doctor when these tests are due.
  • Find out what targets you need to aim for. This is especially important with treatment of blood pressure.

 

Dr. Nishan Wijenaike, Consultant Physician
2002 West Suffolk Hospitals Diabetes Service.
October 2002

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