On September 30 BD discontinued making its glucose tablets. I haven't been this pissed since Lilly discontinued Lente insulin.
How do I love thee, BD Glucose Tablets? Let me count the ways.
The packaging. BD Glucose Tablets are easy to carry around without any fear of them melting or going stale. They are easy to take even mid-exercise. The foil packaging is more compact than plastic tubes. They are also harder for my young daughter to get out of the foil and eat them when I'm not around.
The taste. I know many of you will say that all glucose tablets taste like chalk. I happen to like the mild orange flavor of the BD Glucose Tablets. The Dex and Wal-Mart flavored ones are too sour.
The greater amount of carbs per tablet. BD Glucose Tablets have 5g of carbs per tablet; the Dex tablets have only 4. Which means more tablets to consume during tennis match changeovers or in the middle of the night when you just want to get back to sleep.
I just went to Drugstore.com and bought 96 packages of BD Glucose Tablets (the maximum they would permit). I'm going to need to switch over to something else once those run out.
As an Old Schooler, I had T1 in the 1970's before glucose tablets, glucose gels, or even Skittles. My parents would make me carry sugar cubes in a baggie to school or sometimes Life Savers (which I despise to this day). As an adult, I never carried any glucose with me until I passed out in 1992 and had to have the paramedics come. My boyfriend (now husband) went to Walgreens and bought a case of glucose tablets on the advice of the pharmacist. I never went anywhere without them since that date. Right now if you look in my handbag there are about 15 foil packs.
Last year, in the interest of saving money, I tried to switch over to Smarties in lieu of glucose tablets. Smarties are a pain to eat on the go, and they get smashed easily. Additionally, it seemed like it took a lot longer for Smarties to work. 20
minutes later after consuming the same carbs as I would take in glucose tablets, I would still have heart palpitations and other symptoms after taking Smarties.
BD Glucose Tablets, I am sad to see you go.