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Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar level can be a side effect of the medicines that are taken to control diabetes. One may experience a drop in their blood sugar if they are taking the following medications:

  • Insulin
  • Glyburide (Micronase)
  • Glipizide (Glucotrol)
  • Glimepiride (Amaryl)
  • Repaglinide (Prandin)
  • Nateglinide (Starlix)
  • Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
  • Tolazamide (Tolinase)
  • Acetohexamide (Dymelor)
  • Tolbutamide (Orinase)

Diabetes makes the blood sugar rise which can affect health. Even if a doctor prescribed these medicines to lower your blood sugar level, sometimes, if a diabetic is sensitive to medications, their blood sugar tends to fall below normal limit i.e. below 70 mg/dl.  This can be very dangerous as it can cause accidents, injuries, coma or even death.

When blood sugar level drops, one may experience:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shivers
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision

You may also feel faint, have a seizure or go into a coma if your blood sugar falls too low. To avoid this make sure you:

  • Take your medications or insulin on time.
  • Take the right doses of your medication or insulin.
  • Do not increase or decrease the dose of your medicines without consulting with your doctor first.
  • Eat enough food after you have taken your medication or insulin.
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Do not wait too long to eat after you have taken your medications.
  • Do not exercise too much or at a time that is unusual for you.
  • Adjust your insulin dose before you begin to exercise.
  •  Do not drink alcohol.

If you experience any of the symptoms of low blood sugar, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Also, ask your doctor about a bedtime snack to prevent your blood sugar from dropping while you are asleep.