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One of my home care patients is using inhaled insulin (Exubera) to control her diabetes. Can she continue to use it if she catches a cold?-B.P., PA.


According to the manufacturer, Exubera can be used during most upper respiratory illnesses, but the dosage may need adjusting. Teach the patient to keep close tabs on her blood glucose levels and to call her health care provider for advice if she catches a cold.