If your medication is working for you, that’s great. There may be times, however, when your doctor may change the medication. Maybe it is no longer effective in controlling your blood sugar. Or, it could be causing some undesired side effects. Whatever the cause, there are some sensible precautions you should take when changing medications.
First, follow your doctor’s advice as to “when” to take the medicine. Whether it is prescribed for morning, evening, or maybe with your first big “meal” of the day. If you’re not clear on what the instruction is, ASK for an explanation.
Even when following the doctor’s instructions, expect the unexpected. Let’s say you been taking Metformin and it’s been very effective at managing your blood sugar. But you’re one of the people who suffer from one of its common side effects – passing gas. You talk with your doctor and she prescribes one of the other very popular medications for controlling blood sugar.
What you might not have expected hits you like a ton of bricks. As you’re going about your normal morning routine, your blood sugar crashes just a couple of hours after taking this new medication. You get a bad case of the shakes, can’t think clearly, and you’ve become very weak. Luckily, you are where you can run a blood sugar test and get a quick snack. Soon, you’re feeling better. This story might have ended differently if you were driving a car and not within easy reach ofa snack.
So when you’re changing to a new medication, just expect that any change in any medication could result in unusual (for you) responses in your blood sugar levels. Be sure to read the information sheet your pharmacists provides when filling a new prescription. And, always (even if you haven’t changed meds) keep a snack or other source of carbohydrates nearby, wherever you may be, for those unexpected crashes.