Is There a Danger of Interactions?

In general, diabetes pills are safe and work well. But like any other drug, they must be used with care.

All diabetes pills can interact with other medicines. Because of the chance of medication interactions, you need to tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking. While you're taking diabetes pills, you should check with your doctor before starting anything new — even over-the-counter items.

Any sulfonylurea or meglitinide can cause blood glucose levels to drop too low (hypoglycemia).

Metformin or the glitazones rarely cause hypoglycemia unless taken with insulin stimulators (sulfonylureas or repaglinide) or insulin injections.

Acarbose or miglitol, taken as prescribed, does not cause hypoglycemia. However, hypoglycemia can occur when acarbose or meglitol is taken in combination with other diabetes medications.

My Medicine Tracker

My Medicine Tracker is a free medication monitoring service for patients brought to you by the American Diabetes Association.

It allows you to:

  • Track and print a list of all your medications, both prescription and over the counter
  • View safety information regarding side effects and when combining medications may not be advisable
  • Receive email alerts and updates on important safety information about medications
  • Interact with others to share experiences with medications

Register today for this free tool!

  • Last Reviewed: August 1, 2013
  • Last Edited: November 19, 2013

Articles from Diabetes Forecast® magazine:

Diabetes Forecast