How the interaction occurs:
How this interaction occurs is not known.
What might happen:
Using some quinolone antibiotics with your diabetes medicine may make your blood sugar too low.
What you should do about this interaction:
Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. Your doctor may want you to check your blood sugar more often while taking your antibiotic. If you experience a sudden onset of chills, cold sweat, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, shaking, rapid heart rate, weakness, headache, fainting, tingling of the hands or feet, or hunger, check your blood sugar (if possible) and treat yourself for low blood sugar by eating a quick source of glucose such as glucose tablets or gel, table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non-diet soda. Stop using your antibiotic and contact your doctor right away.If you experience pale skin, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, increased thirst, increased urination, fatigue, or fast, deep breathing, check your blood sugar, stop using your antibiotic and contact your doctor right away.Your healthcare professionals 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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