Blood Glucose

Hypoglycemia: Medications That Can Cause It

January 11, 2017   /

Many common medications can cause changes to your blood glucose levels. This handy guide will help you keep track of what drugs can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Note that all drugs are listed by trade name when possible, and that you may take a generic form of one of these medications. This is not an all-inclusive list, and not all medications will cause the same side effects in all people. If you have concerns, please speak to your physician, pharmacist, or dietitian.

  • Abelcet®
  • Achromycin® V
  • Advil®
  • Amphotec®
  • Anafranil®
  • Ancobon®
  • Aspirin (usually only with very large doses)
  • Atromid-S
  • Avelox®
  • Aventyl®
  • Azulfidine®
  • Benemid®
  • Capoten® and other angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Cataflam®
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Clonidine
  • Coumadin®
  • Cylert
  • Diclofenac Sodium
  • Disalcid
  • Flexiril®
  • Floxin®
  • Fungizone
  • Inderal®
  • Levaquin®
  • Lipitor®
  • Macrobid®
  • Macrodantin
  • Mepron®
  • Midol®
  • Misoprostol
  • Motrin®
  • Nardil®
  • Norpace®
  • Norpramin®
  • Pamelor®
  • Panmycin®
  • Parnate®
  • Pepto-Bismol®
  • Percocet®
  • Quinine
  • Salflex®
  • Sumycin®
  • Tagamet®
  • Tapazole®
  • Tegretol®
  • Tenoretic®
  • Tenormin®
  • Tequin®
  • Tipramine
  • Tofranil®
  • Trisenox®
  • Vasotec®
  • Viagra®
  • Voltaren®
  • Xenical®
  • Ziac®

 

References and recommended readings
Diabetes In Control, Inc. Drugs that can affect blood glucose levels. Available at: http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/issues/Issue_246/drugs.pdf. Accessed June 18, 2012.

Drugs.com. Drug-induced hypoglycemia. Available at: http://www.drugs.com/enc/drug-induced-hypoglycemia.html. Accessed June 18, 2012.