Blood Sugar: Be Careful With These 11 Medications

Patients who have diabetes must closely monitor their blood sugar levels. Any sudden changes are a cause for concern. As a result, it’s important for people with diabetes to consult with their physicians when taking medications. Even common over-the-counter medicines may cause spikes in blood sugar, and those spikes can cause problems with diabetes medications as well. Take a look at these 11 medications that may affect your blood sugar. Awareness can help you remember to be attentive when turning to these substances for certain ailments.

11. Pseudoephedrine

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant and an active ingredient in many cold and flu medications. It has the potential to raise blood glucose and blood pressure, so be sure to check your levels often when taking these types of drugs. They may be over-the-counter, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous. It’s probably worth talking to your doctor about the advisability of taking these medications when you have the opportunity. Or, instead of pseudoephedrine, try an antihistamine.

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