One of my patients, who had been taking TZD, was admitted to the hospital for Congestive Heart Failure. The practitioner had erred, and had prescribed the medication to him while he has heart disease. The patient suffered from regular swelling of the lower extremities, and shortness of breath. TZDs should not have been prescribed to this patient.
The more we learn about diabetes medications, the more we, as Certified Diabetes Educators, can pick up on mismatched patient medications that could be dangerous, or even deadly. It is then our job to inform the prescribing healthcare provider that the patient is taking a diabetes medication that is contraindicated for their condition. [Continue reading]