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

Topic Overview

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

Examples include:

  • Medicine to reduce fever and relieve pain, such as salicylate medicines such as aspirin.
  • Medicine to treat some types of mental disorders, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as phenelzine, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
  • Medicine to treat high blood pressure, including some calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem, nifedipine, and verapamil) and some beta-blockers (such as atenolol, bisoprolol, and metoprolol).
  • Medicine to treat malaria, such as quinine.
  • Medicine to treat some forms of pneumonia, such as pentamidine.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last Revised September 26, 2012

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