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Sat Jan 05 18:40:03 UTC 2013

What will my doctor do if I can't swallow pills and he/she wants to put me on medications?
Asked By: babyd2012  
Category: Type 2

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Type 2 diabetic. Diet and exercise are no longer working. 19 years old
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Expert Answers (1)
2013-01-09 19:39:37.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Sorry to hear that diet exercise no longer work for you. Were you following an individualized meal and exercise plan established with a registered dietitian diabetes educator?

Over time, aggressive lifestyle changes alone (healthful eating, regular physical activity, achieving a healthy weight, and routine finger sticks), may not be enough to control blood glucose levels.

Today, there are many treatment options for people with diabetes. Diabetes medications come in oral forms (both pill and liquid). There are also diabetes medications that are delivered by injection. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Together, you both can determine which options will work best for you.

A healthy lifestyle is still an important part of the diabetes treatment plan. It is good medicine for everyone.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2013-04-26 19:43:54.0

Diet and excersize are not longer working? Metformin is a wonder. Lantis Solostar Insulin in the pen form is the way I go. It can be adjusted to what you need on a daily basis. I have been diabetic for one year now. Metformin 1 in am and i at supper. Insulin before bed with a snack. I started out on 25 units and now am only using 8. And I do not exercize much during the cold weather. Lantis Solostar Insulin comes in a pen, filled with 100 units. Painless with a needle 3/16". Less than a quarter inch. I am testing staying around 88 - 120. testing when I get up before coffee, and again after supper. I think that is wonderful. I eat most all foods just watch the carbs. Get the book I have talked about and eat using carbs, not sugars, not anything else, just carbs. 45 - 60 carbs per meal. Make sure that you notice the serving size, as carbs will be "PER SERVING." "You will be surprised how nice that will be. Good luck. You can do it, if I can!!!!!!!!
Answered By: picklepus

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2013-04-26 19:25:16.0

I cannot swalow pills either. I choke.. Almost all pills come in a "chewable" tablet. Believe me! Most can be made into a liquid if you tell your doctor. He will order it for you that way. I have done this for more years than I can remember. I did answer something like this a while back and it is under someone elses name, not mine. Again: i use a mortor and pestil and take a banana slice to get it out of the bowl. Works too. But ask your doctor if the pill can some in a chewable form or liquid. I have also used a piece of watermelon to get it out of the bowl. Anything that you can use to get it out and EAT.
Answered By: picklepus

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2013-01-13 21:44:22.0

Crush them up like I do with a mortar and pestle. Then take a banana slice and pick up the crushed pill with the banana slice. Or partially chew them and then swallow. Almost every drug is available in liquid form. I take insulin with the "pen" type. Called Lantis Solostar. It comes pre-filled with insulin. Dial your amount and that's it. There is no pain what-so-ever. The needle is maybe a half inch and is given into your abdomen.Totally painless.
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2013-01-12 12:51:29.0

Diabetes, insulin injections are not the only people who have to deal with. In addition, many states have to endure this painful reminders of Type 2 diabetes.
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2013-01-11 10:56:59.0

Hi Babyd2012, Talk to your doctor to work out the best answer. Be upfront about your ability to swallow pills - they may have an alternative delivery system or switch you to a drug with an easier to swallow size. The other thing they could suggest is using a swallowing aid, basically a spray for your throat to help you swallow the pills, like http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/pill-glide-swallowing-spray/ID=prod6003555-product or https://www.oralflo.com/Default.asp?. There's options out there, but you have to be upfront and tell the doctor and work with them on the answer.
Answered By: cfbandit

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