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steriods and diabetes

I am a diabetic on oral meds. Some months ago I started taking Symbicort inhaler for asthma.  Since then my blood sugar is soaring.
What can I do.
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Symbicort does not cause "soaring" blood sugars. Consult your enchronologist. You may need to go to an injectable insulin, such as Lantus.
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I'm afraid I have to disagree with caregiver -- I wasn't quite sure myself about the Symbicort and blood sugar levels, so I did a little research and here is a link to what I found - it comes directly from the Symbicort website.

http://www.mysymbicort.com/asthma/index.aspx?source=20048&WT.mc_id=SYM_09_GOOPS_BHV&umedium=Paid%20Search&uadpub=Google&ucreative=Branded%20High%20Volume&ucampaign=Branded&pkw=symbicort

According to this, while it apparently is not one of the most common side effects, it IS a side effect that requires immediate attention, so please contact your doctor right away.

I hope you feel better soon!
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Symbicort is a steroid-based inhaler, so it is possible to have increasing blood sugars.  I would consult the physician who prescribed it and have him/her change the medication asap.  
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Other input is always worthwhile. I appreciate it because two heads are always better than one.

I qualify my post to point out the difference between "slightly elevated" and "soaring".

I also concur that Symbicort can have serious side effets in a small universe of patients.
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