Potential Effects of Other Drugs
Medications or substances that are known to affect blood glucose levels include:
People with diabetes also take medications for colds, depression, allergies, and other conditions that are unrelated to diabetes management. Because of the potential for drug interactions, its important to assess the potential consequences when a person with diabetes starts or stops taking both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Additional medications can affect blood glucose levels, complications of diabetes, and the ability to perform diabetes self-management. The drug package label or insert or product information usually provides a list of adverse effect by body system affected in the order of frequency of occurrence. Patients should be taught how to be "label readers", so they can determine whether or not a medication will interfere with diabetes management. To prevent potentially serious drug reactions, its essential to teach patients to inform all health care providers about their diabetes and their medications so that the potential for drug interactions is recognized and prevented.
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