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    Oral Diabetes Medicines That Can Cause Low Blood Sugar

    Oral Diabetes Medicines That Can Cause Low Blood Sugar

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    Sulfonylureas help the pancreas make and/or release insulin.

    • Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
    • Glimepiride (Amaryl)
    • Glipizide (Glucotrol)
    • Glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase)
    • Tolbutamide
    • Tolazamide

    Meglitinides help the pancreas make insulin.

    • Nateglinide (Starlix).
    • Repaglinide (Prandin).

    Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors lower your blood sugar by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates.

    • Acarbose (Precose)
    • Miglitol (Glyset)

    You are less likely to develop low blood sugar levels if you are taking:

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

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