6 Medication Safety Tips
1. Always talk with your doctor before starting a new medication -- even nonprescription drugs or herbal remedies. Any new, active ingredients you're adding to your body can interfere with how your diabetes medication works or cause side effects.
2. Keep a current list of all medications -- and the doses and time you take them. Bring your list to each doctor's visit, including any specialists you may see for diabetes or nerve pain.
3. Make a note of any strange reactions or side effects you experience from medications you're taking. Some side effects just have to be lived with; other times, your doctor may be able to suggest a different brand, dosing, or timing of a medication, to reduce side effects.
4. Be prepared to try different medications or doses until you find the right one for you. You may be on several types of drugs -- for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, or nerve pain -- so it can take time to find the right combination that's effective with the fewest side effects.
5. Throw away any expired medications. Drugs past their expiration date are never safe to take, so check the label for the expiration date if you're not sure.
6. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions on how to take your medications, your dose, or the timing of each dose.
For Severe, Chronic Pain
Consider seeing a pain specialist to ask about options beyond medications. If pain has changed the way you walk, a foot brace or orthotics can help you return to normal activities. In some cases, electrical nerve stimulation or surgery to destroy the affected nerves may be advised to help block pain and relieve the worst of your symptoms.