What to look for in over the counter (OTC) medications and how to read the labels
Shop for OTC medications based on your symptoms and health conditions. To start, read the label, which provides the active & inactive ingredients, uses, warnings, directions and other information. Most pharmacies designate a medication section to Diabetic and High Blood Pressure patients. Listed below are a few medications that are safe for patients with diabetes and high blood pressure.

Diabetic Patients

Symptoms: Congestion

What to look for: Decongestant; pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), phenylpropalamie, phenylephrine

Symptoms: Cough

What to look for: Cough Suppressant; dextromethorphan (Delsym, Diabetic-Tussin){includes acetaminophen & diphenhydramine}

Symptoms: Itchy eyes/ Running nose

What to look for: Antihistamine; Less sedating: certirizine (Zyrtec), loratadine (Claritin) More sedating: chlorpheniramine (Chlortrimeton), diphnhydramine (Benadryl)

Symptoms: Fever/ and or Pain

What to look for: Analgesic; acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin

Symptoms: Mucus in respiratory tract

What to look for: Expectorant; guaifenesin (Mucinex, Robitussin)

 High Blood Pressure Patients

Symptoms: Chest congestion & Cough

What to look for: Cough Suppressant & Expectorant​; dextromethorphan hydrobromide and guaifenesin (Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough)

Symptoms: Running nose, sneezing, fever, body aches & pains

What to look for: Pain reliever/ Fever reducer & Antihistamine; acetaminophen and chlorpheniramine maleate (Coricidin HBP Cold & Flu)

Symptoms: Fever, cough, running nose and body aches, pains & headache

What to look for: Pain reliever/ fever reducer, Antihistamine & Cough suppressant; acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine maleate, and dextromethorphan hydrobromide (Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu)

Symptoms: Cough, running nose & sneezing

What to look for: Antihistamine & Cough suppressant; chlorpheniramine maleate and dextromethorphan hydrobromide (Coricidin HBP Cold & Cough)

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