Drugs That Affect Blood Glucose Levels (Continued)

 

Drugs That May Cause Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar): A-I

Acebutolol (Sectral)


Acetohexamide (Dymelor)


Alcohol


Aloe - Oral Herbal Supplement, especially if taken with other agents such as glyburide, glipizide, nateglinide, repaglinide, glimepiride, or insulin


Amphotericin B (Ambisome, Amphocin, Fungizone Intravenous Amphotec, Abelcet)


Amphotericin B lipid formulations (Abelcet, AmBisome)


Asian Ginseng (Ginseng; Panax ginseng)


Aspirin (Numerous tradenames; check label.)


Aspirin + dipyridamole (Aggrenox)


Atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic containing atenolol & chlorthalidone Betaxolol Betoptic, Betoptic S (eyedrops); Kerlone (oral))


Bisoprolol (Zebeta)


Bisoprolol + hydrochlorothiazide (Ziac)


Choline salicylate (Acuprin 81, Amigesic, Anacin Caplets, Anacin Maximum Strength, Anacin Tablets, Anaflex 750 Arthritis Pain, Ascriptin Arthritis Pain)


Choline salicylate + magnesium salicylate C (MT, Tricosal, Trilisate)


Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin)


Chromium (Various tradenames; check label.)


Clarithromycin B (Biaxin Filmtab, Biaxin Granules, Biaxin XL Filmtab, Biaxin XL Pac, Prevpac)


Diazoxide (Proglycem)


Dicumarol (Coumadin, Miradon)


Diltiazem (Cardizem, Tiazac)


Disopyramide (Norpace, Norpace CR)


Dorzolamide + timolol (Cosopt)


Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepiride) - the glimepiride component of this drug gives it the possibility of causing hypoglycemia alone or in combination with other diabetes medicines. This is more likely to occur when one skips a regular meal or when unusual physical activities occur.


Exubera


Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)


Fosphenytoin (Cerebyx, Dilantin, Dilantin-125, Dilantin Infatabs, Dilantin Kapseals, Mesantoin, Peganone, Phenytek)


Gatifloxacin (Tequin, Tequin Injection, Tequin Injection Premixed, Zymar)


Glimepiride (Amaryl)


Glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL, Glyburide Diabeta, Glynase, Micronase)


Glyburide + metformin (Glucovance)


Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)


Hydrochlorothiazide + metoprolol (Lopressor HCT)


Insulin (Lantus, Levimir, NPH, Humulin, Novolin, Apidra)


Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron)

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Last Modified Date: June 09, 2014

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by Lindsey Guerin
Lows are really nothing new to me. In the past (almost) 22 years, I've experienced every variety of low blood sugar. Two seizures, multiple black outs, the "I'm fine" at 32, the nauseating 85, and everything in between. That certainly doesn't mean that I'm used to them or that each low doesn't feel like a new and treacherous journey. They still scare me. They still annoy me. And they still overrun my life at times. Since I've hit the gym and the calorie counting on an aggressive...