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    Some medicines for conditions other than diabetes can raise your blood sugar level. This is a concern when you have diabetes. Make sure every doctor you see knows about all of the medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements you take. This means anything you take with or without a prescription.

    Examples include:

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    • 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).

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      Last Updated: July 11, 2013
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      If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.

      People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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      However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

      Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.

      Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

      One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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