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    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).

    Credits

    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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