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From Redwood City, California, USA:

Our 17 month old daughter, diagnosed 3 weeks ago, was just prescribed an antibiotic for an ear infection. The person at the pharmacy had no idea what the base was that the medicine came in, but since it is quite sweet, we're assuming it has a lot of sugar. How can we figure out what's in it and/or how many carbs are in it?


A pharmacist can easily find this information by calling the pharmaceutical company in question. Many times it is also provided on-line by the company or in the literature which they have provided. This is information which should be readily available and can be gotten without undue difficulty just by making a phone call.


Additional Comments from Linda Mackowiak, diabetes nurse specialist:

I would not be concerned about the sugar content of antibiotics. When your child is sick, you will be monitoring the blood glucose and urine ketones closely and adjusting for the illness' effect on the body. Also your child's food intake is unlikely to be normal during an illness.


Original posting 27 Sep 1998
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