People with diabetes often have many other serious medical problems as well. A recent study found that diabetics take an average of six medications for other medical conditions each day. Some of these drugs are safe to take with diabetic medications. However, some of these drugs can also cause extremely bad reactions when mixed with diabetic medications.
Ideally you have made all of your doctors aware of every medication you are taking so that they won’t put you on drugs that can have adverse interactions with your other medications. However, when you are taking a lot of different drugs, it is hard for your doctor to anticipate every possible interaction. You should take responsibility for yourself to research each of the drugs you are taking. You should take note of all of the interactions those drugs are known to have with other drugs so that you will be able to spot any bad combinations yourself.
In addition to adverse consequences from the drugs themselves, many of the drug interactions and resulting bad reactions may be cloaked under a condition you already have. For example, instead of having some bizarre medical reaction, you may have a reaction that is simply a worsening of a condition you already have. For example, it will be hard for a doctor to determine if your diabetes is getting worse because of medication interactions since there are many other reasons diabetes can go out of control.
Here is a list of 9of the most common drugs that may have adverse effects on diabetics:
1. Beta blockers: These may reduce the release of insulin. Some examples are Lopressor, Tenormin, and Inderal.
2. Minoxidil: This can raise your blood glucose levels. If you are on insulin and you forget your minoxidil dose, your blood glucose may go too low. If you are not on insulin this may make it hard for you to keep your blood glucose down through lifestyle choices.
3. Thiazide diuretics: These diuretics can cause a loss of potassium, which can lead to rising blood glucose levels. Some examples of Thiazide diuretics are Oretic, Diuril, hydroDiuril, and Zaroxolyn.
4. Classic oral contraceptives: Those using the same oral contraceptives they’ve used for many years should check to make sure theirs is safe for them to continue taking. While the newer oral contraceptives are mostly safe for diabetics to take, the older oral contraceptives were prone to causing hypoglycemia in those susceptible.
5. Calcium channel blockers: These can reduce insulin secretions from the pancreas. Some examples are Norvasc, Adalat, Isoptin, Calan, and Procardia.
6. Thyroid hormone: This can cause a reduction in insulin secretions from the pancreas.
7. Niacin: This B vitamin helps the body control cholesterol. It can also raise your blood sugar if you’re a diabetic.
8. Diphenylhydantoin: Commonly sold under the name Dilantin, this drug is useful in preventing seizures. However, it can block pancreatic insulin release.
9. Corticosteroids: You might not think that a topical cream would affect your blood glucose levels, but corticosteroids taken in this manner can in fact raise your blood glucose levels.