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Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Trimethoprim may slow down how quickly your liver processes your antidiabetic medicine.
What might happen:
An increase in the effects of your diabetes medicine may occur and may cause low blood sugar levels.
What you should do about this interaction:
If you experience a sudden onset of cold sweat, dizziness, fatigue, shakiness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, vision changes, confusion, personality change, nervousness, or hunger, contact your doctor. It may be necessary to check your blood sugar levels more often. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of your diabetes medicine.Your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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