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Non-Diabetes Medicines That May Raise Blood Sugar

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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).

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Last Revised July 11, 2013

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