BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuDrug-induced low blood sugarHypoglycemia - drug-induced; Low blood glucose - drug-inducedDrug-induced low blood sugar is low blood glucose that results from taking medicine.Low blood sugarLow blood sugar is a condition that occurs when the body's blood sugar (glucose) decreases and is too low. Blood sugar below 70 mg/dL (3. 9 mmol/L) i...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Causes Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in people with diabetes who are taking insulin or other medicines to control their diabetes.Low blood sugarLow blood sugar is a condition that occurs when the body's blood sugar (glucose) decreases and is too low. Blood sugar below 70 mg/dL (3. 9 mmol/L) i...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Other than certain medicines, the following can also cause blood sugar (glucose) level to drop:Drinking alcohol Getting more activity than usual Intentionally or unintentionally overdosing on the medicines used to treat diabetes Missing meals Even when diabetes is managed very carefully, the medicines used to treat diabetes can result in drug-induced low blood sugar. The condition may also occur when someone without diabetes takes a medicine used to treat diabetes. In rare cases, non-diabetes-related medicines can cause low blood sugar.Medicines that can cause drug-induced low blood sugar include:Beta-blockers (such as atenolol, or propranolol overdose) Cibenzoline and quinidine (heart arrhythmia drugs) Glinides (such as nateglinide and repaglinide) Indomethacin (a pain reliever) Insulin Metformin when used with sulfonylureas SGLT2 inhibitors (such as canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, empagliflozin and ertugliflozin) with or without sulfonylureas Sulfonylureas (such as glipizide, glimepiride, glyburide) Thiazolidinediones (such as pioglitazone and rosiglitazone) when used with sulfonylureas Drugs that fight infections (such as gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, pentamidine, quinine, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole)Open ReferencesReferencesCieslak J, Levin A, Beaulieu M. Management of patients with diabetes in the intensive care unit. In: Ronco C, Bellomo R, Kellum JA, Ricci Z, eds. Critical Care Nephrology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 215.Cryer PE. Glycemic goals in diabetes: trade-off between glycemic control and iatrogenic hypoglycemia. Diabetes. 2014;63(7):2188-2195. PMID: 24962915 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24962915.Holt RIG. Diabetes mellitus. In: Feather A, Randall D, Waterhouse M, eds. Kumar and Clarke's Clinical Medicine. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 23.AllVideoImagesTogFood and insulin release - illustration Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to increased glucose levels in the blood.Food and insulin releaseillustrationFood and insulin release - illustration Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to increased glucose levels in the blood.Food and insulin releaseillustrationA Closer Look Diabetes(Alt. Medicine)Hypoglycemia(Alt. Medicine)Coronary artery disease(In-Depth)Chromium(Alt. Medicine)Pancreatitis(Alt. Medicine)Obesity(Alt. Medicine)Syncope(Alt. Medicine)Crohn disease(Alt. Medicine)Cirrhosis(Alt. Medicine)Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)(Alt. Medicine)Self Care Pre-existing diabetes and pregnancyRelated Information Review Date: 10/11/2020 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.