Diabetic Tussin Maximum Strength Cough Syrup back on shelves

Diabetic Tussin is formulated to provide maximum strength and multi-symptom relief for Americans with diabetes and prediabetes.
Sandra Levy
Senior Editor

Diabetic Tussin, a cough syrup brand for people with diabetes and prediabetes, shared that its sugar-free cold and cough solution is back on shelves. This restock brings with it the Better Choices for Life mark from the American Diabetes Association. 

This over-the-counter cold and cough solution returns just as the threat of a 'tripledemic' — when cases of COVID-19, flu, and RSV surge at the same time—looms over American households, Prestige Consumer Healthcare said.

One in ten Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes. This rising epidemic, coupled with the upcoming cold and flu season and risk of "tripledemic," creates a growing need for accessible treatment options specifically formulated for people with diabetes. However, many common over-the-counter cough medications contain ingredients that can raise blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, creating a gap in the market for those seeking remedies compatible with their conditions, the company said.

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Back on shelves starting in November, Diabetic Tussin is formulated to provide maximum strength and multi-symptom relief for the more than 133 million Americans with diabetes and prediabetes. Previously named America's #1 brand of cold relief for people with diabetes, product is available again in stores and online. 

"Diabetic Tussin is an essential over-the-counter cold and cough solution for millions of Americans concerned about ingredients in other products that can raise blood sugar levels. We are back on the market this fall after moving to a new supplier, and we are now a proud participant in the Better Choices for Life program offered by the American Diabetes Association," said Randi Jachino, vice president of marketing at Prestige Consumer Healthcare. "Our trusted sugar-free and sodium-free formula offers a convenient and accessible solution for the large group of Americans currently impacted by diabetes as well as those simply looking for a reliable, better-for-you cough and congestion relief."

While sugar is a common ingredient in many foods and drinks, it also can hide in unexpected places like OTC medications, causing spikes in blood glucose levels, which can be harmful for those with diabetes or prediabetes, Prestige Consumer Healthcare said.

"Made with the strongest sugar-free formula on the market, Diabetic Tussin Max allows consumers to effectively manage their cough and cold symptoms with the right ingredients. The product does not contain fructose, sorbitol or sodium which can each spike blood glucose," Prestige Consumer Healthcare said.

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Diabetic Tussin is available in 4- and 8-oz. bottles in the brand's classic berry flavor. The brand's Maximum Strength cough syrup is formulated for people with diabetes but can also be effectively used by anyone who is conscious of their sugar intake and seeking relief from mucus, sore throat, cough and chest congestion. Diabetic Tussin can be purchased now at Dollar General stores nationwide and on Amazon. 

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