Non-Diabetes Medicines That May Raise Blood SugarSkip to the navigation
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.
- 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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Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014