Medicines for Other Conditions That May Lower Blood Sugar Level as a Side Effect

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Medicines for Other Conditions That May Lower Blood Sugar Level as a Side Effect

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Some medicines for other conditions can lower your blood sugar level or can interfere with whether you develop symptoms of low blood sugar. This is a concern when you have diabetes. Talk with your doctor before taking any new medicine.

Medicines that can lower your blood sugar level include:

  • Medicines to reduce fever and relieve pain, such as salicylate medicines like ASA.
  • Medicines to treat some types of mental disorders, such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
  • Quinine sulfate.

Some medicines can interfere with whether you develop symptoms of low blood sugar, leading to your blood sugar level dropping very low before you are aware of it. These medicines include heart medicines (beta-blockers) such as propranolol (for example, Inderal), nadolol, and metoprolol (for example, Lopresor).

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Last Revised December 22, 2010

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