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Oral Diabetes Medicines That Can Cause Low Blood Sugar - Topic Overview

Sulfonylureas can cause low blood sugar. They help the pancreas make and/or release insulin.

Meglitinides help the pancreas make insulin. They may cause low blood sugar.

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Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors lower your blood sugar. They do this by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates.

You are less likely to get low blood sugar if you take:

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    Last Updated: September 11, 2014
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