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For patients with diabetes, not all over-the-counter drugs are safe

09:23 EDT 6 Aug 2017 | Healio

INDIANAPOLIS — The idea that any medication available without a prescription is safe to take can be a dangerous one for those with diabetes, who risk spikes in blood glucose and blood pressure by taking the wrong medication for something as simple as the common cold, according to a speaker here.Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, clinical associate professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy, said that nonprescription medications can have contraindications and drug interactions similar to those posed by prescription medications. A pharmacist, she said, can help recommend a nonprescription medication that will both treat the minor ailment and be safe to take with prescription medications for diabetes.

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