Top Ten Tips for Managing Your Diabetic Medications
by Reena Mahli
- Don’t start/stop any medications before speaking to a health professional first.
- Majority of medications are to be taken with food.
- Check with your pharmacist for any other special instructions on when to take your tablets.
- Maintain a routine to take your medication at the same time every day.
- Consider blister packing if you take many medications.
- Have a list of your medications handy.
- Know the names of your medications, what they are for and what they look like.
- Check with a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal/aruyvedic medications.
- Be travel conscious.
- Return any unused or discontinued old medications to the pharmacy.
Top Ten Tips for Diabetics that Travel
- Make a list of your medications.
- Take enough supplies for 7 days in your carry on in case you lose your luggage or have delayed access to it.
- Make sure you get a letter from your doctor indicating you are taking insulin.
- Inform your airline that you require a diabetic meal.
- While travelling, drink enough fluids and avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or avoid it all together.
- Take your latest test results with you
- If you visit a doctor while travelling, bring back all the details and results of any tests done during the visit.
- Don’t change your medication without the approval of a qualified medical doctor.
- If you are taking any complimentary medication, let your medical doctor know.
- Remember to adjust your doses of medication if your activity or diet has changed during your trip.
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