Watch Out for These 11 Medications That Can Raise Your Blood Sugar

8. Prednisone

Doctors warn that prednisone, a corticosteroid (or steroid) which is often prescribed for colds or asthma, can increase your levels of blood glucose. If you are prescribed this steroid, discuss with your doctor how to maintain healthy blood-glucose levels.

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7. Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone is another steroid that increases blood sugar. It’s usually used for allergies and skin conditions. In addition to affecting blood sugar, dexamethasone can have serious interactions with alcohol.

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6. Other Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids often affect blood glucose. Some steroids affect blood sugar more than others, so talk to your doctor about which ones are safe for you. Be sure to ask about all forms of these medications. Like the ingested pill forms, inhaled corticosteroids are known to have an effect and should be monitored.

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