Salut tout le monde!
I've been living in Paris for the past several months. Do French diabetics treat low blood sugars (hypos) with glucose tablets? If so, where do you buy them? I've run out of the ones I brought from the US and haven't been able to find any in the pharmacies. Am I looking in the wrong sections? Any advice?
I don't think I've ever seen them here in France - I use fruit juice to treat hypos, the little 20cl cartons that come with a straw. They're cheap, they work very fast and of course you can get them anywhere.
Why not go to a pharmacy and ask for glucose tabletss. I am sure they must have them. Maybe you have been looking in the wrong place. If none, then I would treat with some small sweets.
So strange that they wouldn't have them here when they're such a necessity! I've been treating with juice boxes like Paul, too. But in the US they make smaller sized juice boxes as well. I find I don't need the entire 20cl juice box when I'm low, and then I'm just walking around with a half-full juice box!
I'm French from Lyon and it's glad to read you. So you're in France and I can tell you that I can't find glucose tablets in Pharmacies. There are glucose tablets in Germany... But there are tablets on internet at Diabète Boutique under the name of Glucotabs in box of 10 and 50. I never bought these tablets. When I have hypos (I'm a type 1) I eat my 3 pieces of sugar. I keep 10 pieces of sugar ( sucre en morceaux, chaque morceau pèse 5 grammes de sucre) in my handbag, in my pocket, in my car...
I try to put the link http://http://www.diabete-boutique.fr/pastilles-glucotabs/41-glucot...
Thanks for this link! I think I will order some and see what they're like! Also, I'll have to pick up some sugar cubes--it's a good idea to have these on hand as the juice boxes can get a bit cumbersome to carry around.
Ahhh, Merci Brigitte!!
I replied early on in this thread and hadn't seen that there were more replies. I always come back to Paris from my trips to Canada with jars of glucose tabs in my bag so I'm thrilled to learn I can get them here (on-line). I hate eating straight sugar cubes (they make my teeth hurt LOL!) and have never adapted to that recommendation in France.
There's a shop on line whose name is Diabetys and they sell glucose tabs. yes our cubes of sugar are not very very well... we called them "morceaux de sucre. And when you eat one or two it's slower than glucose tabs.
I live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and glucose tabs are available in the two biggest supermarket chains (Coop and Migros). You can also get them in "drogueries" but they cost twice as much there.
I was JUST in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago for the holidays! I wish I'd known this then! My sister is visiting me in Paris from the States this week and brought be a big tub of tablets for me, so I'm all stocked up for a while. Great to know about them selling them in Coop and Migros though. Thanks!