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Glucose and Saccharose in antibiotics

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by rubyanne22, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. rubyanne22

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    Good evening
    I have been prescribed two sachets of an antibiotic (Fosfomycin) in powder which have to be dissolved in water and drunk.

    I have seen that the second ingredient is saccharose and the third is glucose.

    Is this a sachet of sugar? There is no further information apart from this list of ingredients.
     
  2. urbanracer

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    Altogether now, "a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down" .

    Bearing in mind how the drug is administered I would assume it has been sweetened because it would taste unpleasant otherwise.

    Is there no indication of quantity of the contents on the packaging, or on-line?
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Ingredients have to be listed in order of their proportions in the product, so if the first ingredient is the antibiotic, that's what there'll be more of.

    When it comes to something like antibiotics, and the course is short, I tend to just get on with it. I'm a diet controlled T2, so don't have anything (aside from diet and exercise) with which to try to manage any resultant rise, but I tend to think if I need, as in your example, antibiotics, then ridding myself of the infection they have been prescribed fr is more important than a couple of days of erratic sugars, although the infection might be playing havoc with the blood glucose all by itself!.

    Obviously, as a T1, the usual suggestion, as I understand it. would be to test plenty and adjust where necessary. If your numbers are very high mid-teens or higher, then testing for ketones is considered prudent.

    I hope you feel better soon.
     
  4. Antje77

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    You can also ask your doctor if they can prescribe the same antibiotic in tablet or capsule form. That will have a lot less sugars. Or see what happens when taking it and correct.
     
  5. Mr_Pot

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    Sugar is not poisonous it is just not suitable in large quantities for diabetics. If this is small sachet, then even if it was all sugar it is not going to do any harm to have sachet or two and certainly better than having an acute infection.
     
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    Thank you everyone, very useful advice.
     
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