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Drug Interactions

My friends at Diabetes in Control have just updated their valuable list of drugs that can cause us problems. The URL is http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/images/tools/druglistaffectingbloodglucose.pdf

They sent their list to me in their weekly email, but it’s also available on their website as a PDF. The list, which shows both the generic and brand names, includes those drugs that can cause us to have either low blood glucose levels or  high blood glucose levels. It also includes a short list of other drugs that can mask hypos.

This is a good list for all of us to keep handy.

This article is based on an earlier version of my article published by HealthCentral.

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  • David Mendosa at

    Dear Mary,

    I have the same questions. And my guess is that your proposed answers are right.


  • Mary at

    Hi David,

    Thanks for this list! I did notice one thing I found a little unexpected and that is some of the things on the list are listed on both lists, to cause Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

    Interesting that certain drugs and or supplements can cause opposite problems. Is it possible that it is a matter of balance? Not enough of something and you get high blood sugar too much and you get low? I know that is simplex thinking and those are not exactly the words I mean to use, but why would the same things be on both lists? Could other drug or supplement interactions with these things cause them to affect us in different ways?

    Magnesium salicylate (Bayer Select® Backache Pain Formula, Doans® Pills, Mobidin®,
    Nuprin® Backache Caplet) is one of those listed in both lists of Drugs/Supplements causing both High or Low BG, but I thought I saw other that were on both lists. I am just curious because I do trust the list, just wondered about the mechanizim involved. That is if we know it.