What should I do if I take other medications along with diabetes drugs?

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Oral diabetes medications come in pill or tablet form. Make sure you know when, how often and how much to take before you leave your provider’s office or pharmacy. Also, ask about possible side effects and any signs of side effects that you should be on the lookout for.

Talk to all of your providers and your pharmacist about all other medicines, either prescription or over the counter, that you are currently taking or might be thinking of taking along with your diabetes medications. Remember to include vitamins and herbal products. Are there any medicines you take when you are coming down with a cold? in bed with the flu? getting a sudden headache? If you take aspirin or thyroid or high blood pressure medicine, medicine to lower blood cholesterol, or cold or allergy remedies, tell your provider. Sometimes, drugs that are safe by themselves can interact with each other to cause sickness or conditions that can be difficult to diagnose. Some drugs can lower or raise blood glucose levels. This must be accounted for so that your blood glucose levels don’t go too low or stay too high. What looks likes hypoglycemia may really be caused by a drug interaction and can be mistreated. Many drugs interfere with the way the body uses and eliminates oral diabetes medications. These drugs can indirectly cause high or low glucose levels.

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