Does insulin therapy for type 2 diabetes interact with other medication?

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Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine Specialist

Many drugs can raise or lower blood sugar and lessen or intensify the effects of insulin. Be sure to tell your doctor about all drugs you are taking, including non-prescription drugs, before starting insulin.

If you are taking a glitazone, insulin may not be a good option for you.

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Insulin therapy for type 2 diabetes may have interactions with other medications. The biggest problem of insulin therapy for type 2 diabetes arises from concurrent use of insulin with other blood sugar lowering medications. This could lead to a large drop in blood sugar. Blood sugar that is too low is far more dangerous than high blood sugar. Alcohol has been known to both increase and decrease the blood sugar lowering effect of insulin, so it is advised to use extreme caution when consuming alcohol with insulin.

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