Even though medications are meant to make a medical condition more manageable, they sometimes have the opposite effect. In fact, some medicines are actually harmful when combined, or used in association with certain health conditions. That is why it is important to know which ones are okay to mix, and which combinations should be avoided at all costs.
First, you have to consider the side effects of a drug. These have to be carefully weighted to ensure the risk of the side effects is much less than the help it can offer. The bottom line is you may have to try a new medication out first for a period of time to see how your body reacts to it. If there are any unpleasant effects talk to your doctor who will need to prescribe a different medication.
Some diabetes drugs have the unpleasant ability to cause weight gain. This is not good news for someone who is currently overweight or in the midst of trying to lose weight. Since weight gain can cause a myriad of other complications to surface, it is simply not worth the risk. In this instance, the drug will create more of a hindrance than it could possibly alleviate.
Ironically, some diabetes medications actually have the ability to cause hypoglycemic episodes. For those who already have issues with low blood sugar, their use would not be a good idea.
In order to pinpoint the right medication for you, you will need to consider your current physical state. If you have a history of digestive issues, then there are some drugs that you will want to stay away from due to their conflict with your digestive system. Bloating, diarrhea, gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting are all side effects of some biguanide drugs that are designed to stop the liver from creating too much glucose.
Some medical conditions will actually prevent the use of certain diabetes medicines. For instance, individuals who experience kidney disease will need to stay away from any oral hypoglycemic agents as they tend to aggravate the condition even more.
For years, Avandia was one of the most popular diabetes drugs on the market. Now, after countless lawsuits and claims it has been taken off of the market. This is another reason why it is important to do some research before you begin a new medication. Type 2 diabetics need to be fully aware of possible side effects associated with any new medication that may have surfaced.
Besides diabetes medications, there are also other types of drugs that should be avoided if you suffer from diabetes. Several types of medications:
including thiazide diuretics and vasodilators, can actually raise blood sugar levels.
corticosteroids, another class of drugs, does the same thing. Corticosteroids have a wide range of uses from reducing swelling associated with allergic reactions, to arthritis, certain eye conditions and breathing disorders, among others.
A few medications that raise blood sugar levels include:
cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine (Claritin D or Syrtec-D… check the labels to find pseudoephedrine),
estrogen containing drugs such as Premarin, Vagifem, Estring, birth control pill and patches, and hormone replacement drugs,
diurectics or water medications like furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ),
niacin (vitamin B3).
Even cholesterol-fighting drugs are not immune. Your blood sugar may go up because of your cholesterol medication. Statins are popular cholesterol-lowering drugs… these include:
atorvastatin (Lipitor, Advicor),
simvastatin (Zocor, Lipex, Vytorin, Simcor),
to name a few.
Very high doses of fish oils (people often take high dosages for hypertension, atherosclerosis, depression, and constipation), and glucosamine (taken for arthritis, varicose veins and leg swelling), also increase your blood sugar.
Other medications work in the opposite direction… beta blockers, used to decrease heart rate, and calcium channel blockers, which are regularly given for high blood pressure, are medications that cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Diabetics even have to check psychological drugs. Some, including Dilantin, are prescribed for controlling seizures.
Medications that cause low blood sugar or hypoglycemia include:
all medications used to treat diabetes,
beta-blockers for high blood pressure,
fluoxetine (Prozac)… this drug can cause both low and high blood sugar levels,
morphine and other pain relievers
phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek, Epanutin),
theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theo-24, Slo-bid, Uniphyl.
are just a few.
When you have to take medications, learn how to take them safely. Do not hesitate to check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions as to how your drugs affect your blood sugar levels.
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