Antidiabetic Agents/Gymnema Interactions

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:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Gymnema may lower blood sugar by increasing the number of cells in your body that make insulin. It may also help your body process sugars better.

What might happen:

When using gymnema and medicines that your doctor prescribes for your diabetes, your blood sugar may drop too low.

What you should do about this interaction:

Inform your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) that you are taking gymnema. Your doctor may want you to check your blood sugars more frequently. Inform your healthcare professionals if you experience signs of low blood sugar such as sweating, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. Your doctor may want to change your dose of your diabetes medicine or for you to stop taking your gymnema. Let your healthcare professionals know if you stop taking gymnema, because your diabetes medicines may need to be adjusted.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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