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For someone with T1DM, prescription medications are divided into two categories:

i Those medicines that affect T1DM by interfering with insulin i Those medicines that affect T1DM by raising blood glucose on their own

Whatever drugs you take, check to see whether the drug has a side effect or interacts with a drug you're already taking that may cause your blood glucose to increase or decrease. Your doctor has the information to help you to do this, but if you want to do some sleuthing on your own, try these Web sites:

l www.drugs.com: Here you'll find numerous ways to look up a drug, but the simplest is to type the name of the drug in the box at the top of the page and click on Drug Search. If you want information on that drug from other Web sites, click on Internet Search. But beware, a lot of the information on the Internet isn't based on science but rather is an attempt to sell you something. Evaluate your findings closely.

l www.drrubin.com: On my Web site, you can find enough authoritative Web sites about diabetes to find the answer to just about any question you have. Select Diabetes under Related Websites on the left side of the home page, and you're off!

No matter what, if you start a new drug and notice that your blood glucose is suffering, be sure to talk to your doctor.

See Chapter 15 for information on taking care with over-the-counter medications when you (or your child) are ill.

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