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Some Antibiotics Are Risky With Diabetes

Certain antibiotics may be linked to dangerous blood glucose levels for people with diabetes. Researchers studied the hospital records of more than 78,400 adults with diabetes who took drugs from one of three classes of antibiotics. They found that people taking antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones had a greater risk of being hospitalized for severely high or low blood glucose than those taking other antibiotics. Common brand-name fluoroquinolones include Levaquin and Cipro. The risk for severely low blood glucose was greatest in people who took insulin or sulfonylureas at the same time as antibiotics. Check with your doctor about how another medication may change the way your diabetes medication works.
Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases, published online Aug. 14, 2013



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