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Arnica

Discussion in 'Non-Diabetic Medication' started by JustDomUK, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. JustDomUK

    JustDomUK · Well-Known Member

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    Hi

    I'm about to have invasive surgery and my surgeon has prescribed Arnica pre op and post op. I've noticed that these seem to be made of sugar. Does anyone here know how many carbs they are? Or has anyone tried taking these? I've tried the manufacturer with no joy. I'm type 1 so its important for me to correctly bolus. Any help is much appreciated.
     
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    kesun Other · Well-Known Member

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    Have you asked the chemist to see if there's a non-sugar version of the pills? If you can wait a day or so I will ask the pharmacist who advises on my daughter's ketogenic diet.

    Kate
     
  3. JustDomUK

    JustDomUK · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kate,
    I couldn't find any in the chemists. They only stock the cream even tho both Lloyd's and Boots say they stock the tablets. I had to buy them at Holland and Barrett, they only came in two strengths. 6c and 30c. I didn't realise they were sugared until I read the leaflet. I will go back and ask them though. Thanks.
     
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    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    Rather surprised to see a doctor prescribing a homeopathic pill but some people report benefit.
    Those pillules are tiny so I doubt there is enough sugar in them to have any real effect unless you take a lot of them. Having said that the ingredients list is just sugar and lactose so you could weigh them and treat them as 100% sugar! ( c stands for centesimal, a 30c dilution means that the arnica has been diluted by a factor of 10 to the power of 60, ie less than a molecule, the rest is sugar)
     
  5. JustDomUK

    JustDomUK · Well-Known Member

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    So basically it's just a sugar tab. Wow. I don't understand why he's said I have to take them. Thanks for the info
     
  6. Sumobabe

    Sumobabe Type 2 · Active Member

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    I agree that the pills are so small that the amount of sugar they contain is unlikely to affect your blood sugar; however, if you really need a strict accounting, I think the suggestion to weigh them would work as long as you make sure you're looking at carb count by weight and not by volume. Otherwise, crush them and use the volume to estimate carb count.

    I have used both arnica gel topically and arnica pills (typically called pellets) for some time now and have found both products to be very helpful for treating bruising and sore muscles.

    Good luck with your surgery and recovery.
     
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