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
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