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Blood Sugar Low From Antibiotics, Do I Still Need Insulin?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by CheddaCheese, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. CheddaCheese

    CheddaCheese · Newbie

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    I've had type 1 diabetes for almost 2 years now. Recently I started taking temporary antibiotics for acne and I've noticed that my blood sugar levels are quite a bit lower, so I'm only taking about half the amount of insulin that I used to. I went from around 2 units of Lantus per day to 1 unit of Lantus per day or less. No mealtime insulin. This seems like a very small amount, so I want to make sure that my carb intake is still being processed properly to fuel my brain and body.

    Do the antibiotics just increase my insulin sensitivity or are they lowering my blood sugar in a different way than the insulin does?

  2. Chowie

    Chowie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I would contact your health team. I assume you have had your honeymoon and 2 years seem a little late to start having one. Increase your food intake if necessary if you are getting close to hypos, but under NO circumstances stop taking insulin. Unless you are having a honeymoon, you will get very sick very quickly. Don't stop the antibiotics without consulting medical advice, but I would strongly suggest get medical advice ASAP or sooner, preferably the diabetic specialists.
  3. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. It looks like you are still in your honeymoon period. Do NOT stop taking your insulin! How are your bloods at the moment. Are you checking them regularly?
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