Drugs That Affect Blood Glucose Levels (Continued)


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

Acebutolol (Sectral)

Acetohexamide (Dymelor)


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.


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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