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Wed Jan 02 14:16:44 EST 2013

Can a type 2 diabetic take cephalexin or amoxicillin?
Asked By: dunigan  
Category: Type 2

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2013-01-04 19:29:08.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Amoxicillin and cephalexin are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. They are antibiotics and work by stopping the growth of bacteria. Although they do not influence blood glucose (sugar), the infection itself would increase blood glucose.

Amoxicillin may cause false positive results with certain diabetic urine testing products (cupric sulfate-type). This drug may also affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug.

During any illness, be sure to monitor your blood glucose frequently and adjust your diabetes medicines according to your doctor's advisement. Always check with your doctor when taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications.

Learn about drugs that affect blood glucose!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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