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Non-Diabetes Medicines That May Raise Blood Sugar

Non-Diabetes Medicines That May Raise Blood Sugar

Non-Diabetes Medicines That May Raise Blood Sugar

Topic Overview

Some medicines for conditions other than diabetes can raise your blood sugar level. This is a concern when you have diabetes . Make sure every doctor you see knows about all of the medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you take. This means anything you take with or without a prescription.

Examples include:

  • Barbiturates .
  • Thiazide diuretics .
  • Corticosteroids .
  • Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and progesterone.
  • Catecholamines .
  • Decongestants that contain beta-adrenergic agents, such as pseudoephedrine.
  • The B vitamin niacin. The risk of high blood sugar from niacin lowers after you have taken it for a few months.
  • The antipsychotic medicine olanzapine (Zyprexa).

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Credits

Current as of: December 19, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

Theresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy

David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology