Usually, when a patient has a side effect from a diabetes drug, medical professionals find that the patient never wants to use the medication again. For years, we have seen older patients who say they have a penicillin allergy and won’t allow us to prescribe any related drug even though the allergy may have been from 40 or 50 years ago when it was likely that impurities were causing the problem. Nowadays, managing your patients’ expectations of side effects will help them be comfortable with a drug that may not agree with them. We have seen this with the GLP-1 analogs and gastric distress, and this week, our Diabetes Disaster looks at setting expectations for the possible side effects of using an SGLT-2 inhibitor.
Our Homerun Slides explore more of the new ADA guidelines, our Clinical Text continues a discussion of renal disease in diabetes patients, while our Mastery In Minutes video tries to answer the question, What Is the Minimum Recommended Amount of Exercise Per Day?