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Diabetes and Medicine

Medications and Diabetes

Some medicines can affect blood sugar levels.

  • Aspirin can lower blood sugar if taken in large amounts.
  • Phenylephrine, epinephrine, and ephedrine can raise blood sugar and blood pressure levels.
    • Phenylephrine, epinephrine, and ephedrine are found in asthma medicines, cold remedies and herbal teas.
  • Fish oil may raise blood sugar levels
    • Some people take fish oils to lower their cholesterol levels.
  • Caffeine may also raise blood sugar levels.
    • Caffeine is found in coffee, sodas, appetite suppressants, some headache remedies, 'pep' pills, and diuretics.

When to Call the Doctor?

Call 911 or go to an emergency hospital immediately if:

  • You feel weak and nauseous, excessively thirsty, are urinating frequently, and have abdominal pain, rapid breathing, and noticeably sweet-smelling breath.
    • You may have ketoacidosis.
    • Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition.
  • You experience extreme thrist, lethargy, weakness and mental confusion.
  • A person known to have diabetes loses consciousness.


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