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What can happen when taking drugs for diabetes?

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Diabetes drugs can be a great way to keep your blood sugar levels from getting out of whack. But they can sometimes cause side effects or may not mix well with other medicines you take.

Talk to your doctor about what you need to watch out for. Side effects can range from an upset stomach to a serious condition. And other medicines you take can make your diabetes drug stop working -- or even make it work too well.

SOURCES:

Norman Tomaka, PharmD, media liaison, American Pharmacists Association.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin, Medicines & Other Diabetes Treatments."

FDA: "Drug Interactions: What You Should Know," "Humalog: Highlights of Prescribing Information."

Mayo Clinic: "Type 2 Diabetes."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Oral Diabetes Medications Summary Chart."

American Diabetes Association: "What Are My Options?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Oral Diabetes Medications."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Sulfonylurea Agents: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents."

Archives of Medical Science : "Sulfonylureas and Their Use in Clinical Practice."

Expert Opinion on Drug Safety : "How Safe Is the Use of Thiazolidinediones in Clinical Practice?"

Diabetes Spectrum : "Drug Interactions of Medications Commonly Used in Diabetes."

Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism : "Clinical and Pharmacologically Relevant Interactions of Antidiabetic Drugs."

Southern Medical Journal : "Medication Update."

Pharmacy & Therapeutics : "Sodium-Glucose Linked Transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors in the Management of Type-2 Diabetes: A Drug Class Overview."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Norman Tomaka, PharmD, media liaison, American Pharmacists Association.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Insulin, Medicines & Other Diabetes Treatments."

FDA: "Drug Interactions: What You Should Know," "Humalog: Highlights of Prescribing Information."

Mayo Clinic: "Type 2 Diabetes."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Oral Diabetes Medications Summary Chart."

American Diabetes Association: "What Are My Options?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Oral Diabetes Medications."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Sulfonylurea Agents: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents."

Archives of Medical Science : "Sulfonylureas and Their Use in Clinical Practice."

Expert Opinion on Drug Safety : "How Safe Is the Use of Thiazolidinediones in Clinical Practice?"

Diabetes Spectrum : "Drug Interactions of Medications Commonly Used in Diabetes."

Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism : "Clinical and Pharmacologically Relevant Interactions of Antidiabetic Drugs."

Southern Medical Journal : "Medication Update."

Pharmacy & Therapeutics : "Sodium-Glucose Linked Transporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors in the Management of Type-2 Diabetes: A Drug Class Overview."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2019

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