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Antidiabetics/Non-Cardioselective Beta-Blockers

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

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:

Beta-blockers may decrease the symptoms of low blood sugar. Beta-blockers may also lower your blood sugar.

What might happen:

If your blood sugar becomes too low, the beta-blocker may hide the symptoms. Sweating that occurs with low blood sugar is not hidden by the beta-blockers.

What you should do about this interaction:

When you are taking these medicines together, you should check your blood sugar level carefully. Be aware that symptoms of low blood sugar may be hidden by your beta-blockers, except for sweating.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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