Causes, incidence, and risk factors
All of the following can cause blood sugar (glucose) levels to drop:
- Drinking alcohol
- Getting too much activity
- Intentionally or unintentionally overdosing on the medications used to treat diabetes
- Missing meals
Even when diabetes is managed very carefully, the medications used to treat diabetes can result in drug-induced hypoglycemia. The condition may also occur when someone without diabetes takes a medicine used to treat diabetes. In rare cases, non-diabetes-related medicines may cause hypoglycemia.
Medications that can cause drug-induced hypoglycemia include:
- Bactrim (an antibiotic)
- MAO inhibitors
- Metformin when used with sulfonylureas
Review Date: 05/10/2010
Reviewed By: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.