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Medicines That Can Raise Blood Sugar as a Side Effect

 

Medicines that can raise blood sugar in a person who has diabetes 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).

 

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Last Revised July 1, 2011

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