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Why do pills contain sugar

Discussion in 'Non-Diabetic Medication' started by Harebrain, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. Harebrain

    Harebrain Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I take a raft of pills for my various medical issues.

    Two to keep my blood pressure under control, two doses of steroid (which is why I'm T2 as I've been on them for many years),One times 4 twice a day to keep my transplanted liver from going off, the obligatory daily aspirin and yes I'm still taking a statin. Also I take Gliclazide for my T2 Along with these you may be suprised to know that I take an anti depressant as well. A couple of hefty painkillers top off the list.
    However, whilst perusing the patient info leaflet of one pill I saw that it contains sugar as well as the active ingredient. Curious, I checked all the others and found that they all contain sugar of some sort, even the Diabetes med.

    Now I'm sure the pharmas don't put things in their pills for fun so why?
    Someone out there must know.
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    It is to make it more palatable - same reason manufacturers put added sugar in food and drink.
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  3. asparagusp

    asparagusp · Guest

    Yes but you swallow pills! It's a quick process!
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  4. TorqPenderloin

    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, for some people it's very difficult. I understand that it's a form of phagophobia (fear of swallowing).

    As @Bluetit1802 mentioned, it's to make them easier to swallow. Fortunately, the amount of actual sugar in these pills is incredibly low to a point where you probably burned more calories typing this question than the amount of sugar contained in all the pills you take in a week.
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  5. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    It was a similar case to one a few years ago when parents of children with ADD and ADHD complained about the enumbers in the coating of the prescribed medicines. It really is unnecessary to add any of these things. I take amitriptyline for a different condition, they are tiny and sometimes get stuck to the roof or sides of my mouth. They taste foul and it takes ages before the taste dissipates but I take the medicine because they are of benefit to me not because of their colour, shape or taste.
  6. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I wish they would put sugar or something nice in the three Betamin tablets I take, as they taste like $&#$'

    I suppose I should listen to Mary Poppins

    A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
    The medicine go down-wown
    The medicine go down
    Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…

  7. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Be more aware of aspartame in pills.. especially in vit d and calcium cheap ones that the NHS can give.
    My bc consultant despite knowing I have intolerance to aspartame issued these as standard to ladies taking hormone cancer tablets.
    Makes me wonder why so many wonen get secondary cancers... and if they were given vit d and calcium tablets with aspartame in.
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