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    Animal Insulins
    Intermediate-acting Human Insulins and Analogs

    DEA CLASS

    OTC

    DESCRIPTION

    Intermediate-acting insulin with a longer onset and duration of activity when compared to regular insulin; hormone secreted by pancreatic beta-cells of the islets of Langerhans essential for the metabolism and homeostasis of carbohydrate, fat, and protein; usually requires >= 2 injections/day when used as a basal insulin.

    COMMON BRAND NAMES

    Humulin N, Novolin N, ReliOn

    HOW SUPPLIED

    Humulin N/Novolin N Subcutaneous Inj Susp: 1mL, 100U

    DOSAGE & INDICATIONS

    For the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus or for type 2 diabetes mellitus inadequately managed by diet, exercise, and oral hypoglycemics.
    NOTE: A consensus algorithm issued by the ADA and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes lists basal or intermediate-acting insulin as a second line or third line agent in patients with type 2 diabetes not controlled on oral drugs; metformin is the initial recommended therapy in all type 2 diabetics without contraindications. Once insulin is added, therapy can be intensified (e.g., addition of prandial insulin) to achieve optimal glycemic control. In patients who are receiving a sulfonylurea, the sulfonylurea should be discontinued when insulin therapy is initiated.
    Subcutaneous dosage
    Adults and children

    The total daily dose is given as 1 to 2 injections per day, given 30 to 60 minutes before a meal or bedtime. Some patients may initially be given a single daily dose 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast, but 24-hour blood glucose control may not be possible with this regimen. Thus, a second injection given 30 to 60 minutes before dinner or bedtime may be required. When oral agents are used concomitantly in type 2 DM, a low initial dose of NPH insulin (e.g., 10 units) is often given in the evening. When used for intensive insulin therapy, NPH insulin is frequently mixed with a quick-acting insulin and given twice daily, although some patients will require more than 2 injections of NPH insulin daily when used as a basal insulin. A common regimen is to give NPH and a quick-acting insulin (e.g., insulin aspart, insulin lispro, insulin glulisine, or regular insulin) concomitantly and give 2 injections per day. About two-thirds of the daily insulin dose is given before breakfast and about one-third is given before the evening meal. Initially, an intermediate-to-quick-acting insulin ratio of 2:1 can be given before breakfast and an intermediate-to-quick-acting insulin ratio of 1:1 can be given before dinner. The dosage and/or ratio can be adjusted, if necessary, based on the patient's blood glucose. If regular insulin is given as the quick-acting insulin, administer 30 to 60 minutes before meals. If insulin aspart is given as the quick-acting insulin, administer within 5 to 10 minutes prior to start of the meal. If insulin lispro or insulin glulisine is given as the quick-acting insulin, administer 15 minutes prior to the start of the meal. Another common regimen is to administer both a quick-acting and intermediate-acting insulin before breakfast (e.g., regular with NPH), a quick-acting insulin before dinner, and an intermediate-acting insulin alone at bedtime. Additional regimens include regular insulin, insulin aspart, insulin glulisine, or insulin lispro at each meal and a dose of NPH insulin at supper or bedtime.

    For the treatment of gestational diabetes or for the treatment of patients with pre-existing diabetes mellitus (type 1 or type 2) who are now pregnant.
    For pregnant patients with gestational-onset diabetes not controlled by diet-therapy alone.
    Subcutaneous dosage (human regular and NPH insulin combination therapy)
    Adults and Adolescents (pregnant females)

    Dosage guidelines are variable and must be individualized. Initial suggested daily insulin requirements are roughly 0.3 to 0.7 units/kg/day; requirements usually increase during the second and third trimesters (i.e., 0.8 units/kg/day or more). The daily dose is usually divided in 2 to 3 doses and administered in varying ratios of NPH:regular insulin. Intensive therapy (more than 3 daily injections) is rarely needed. Dose adjustments are based on fasting and postprandial blood glucose level. Per goals defined in ADA or ACOG guidelines, typical 2-hour postprandial glucose goals are 120 mg/dL or less. To prevent fetal and maternal complications, meticulous blood glucose control and monitoring is required. During labor, insulin requirements decrease and usually return to normoglycemia several days postpartum. Insulin is often discontinued during or after labor; monitor blood glucose during labor and the days postpartum; follow-up at 6 weeks postpartum.

    For pregnant patients with preexisting diabetes prior to pregnancy.
    Subcutaneous dosage (human regular and NPH insulin combination therapy)
    Adults and Adolescents (pregnant females)

    While initial suggested daily insulin requirements are roughly 0.5 to 0.7 units/kg of IBW/day in the first trimester; insulin needs may initially be lower than prepregnancy levels; individualize dosage. Daily requirements are higher in the second and third trimesters; roughly 0.6 to 0.8 units/kg (second trimester), and 0.9 to 1 units/kg (third trimester). The daily dose is usually divided in 2 to 3 doses and administered in varying ratios of NPH:regular insulin, dependent on individual patient needs. Dose adjustments are based on fasting and postprandial blood glucose as per goals defined in ADA and ACOG guidelines. To prevent fetal and maternal complications, meticulous blood glucose control and monitoring is required. At the onset of labor, insulin requirements typically decrease but must be carefully monitored and adjusted. Due to increased insulin sensitivity, insulin is usually held immediately postpartum until the blood glucose is 180 mg/dL or more. Insulin is then reinitiated at 90% or less of prepregnancy levels.

    MAXIMUM DOSAGE

    Specific maximum dosage information is not available. Individualize dosage based on careful monitoring of blood glucose and other clinical parameters in all patient populations.

    DOSING CONSIDERATIONS

    Hepatic Impairment

    Dosage should be modified depending on clinical response and degree of hepatic impairment, but no quantitative recommendations are available. Some studies have noted increased circulating levels of insulin in patients with hepatic failure. Individualize dosage based on blood glucose and other clinical parameters.

    Renal Impairment

    The pharmacokinetics of insulin are generally unchanged with renal impairment; however, pharmacodynamic differences occur in insulin sensitivity as renal function declines, resulting in increased responses to a given dosage. Individualize dosage based on blood glucose and other clinical parameters.

    ADMINISTRATION

    Injectable Administration

    NPH insulin is administered by subcutaneous injection only. Do NOT administer intravenously or intramuscularly.
    Visually inspect parenteral products for discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. Do not use injections which are unusually discolored. Isophane insulin (NPH) should only be used if it is uniformly cloudy after mixing.
    Insulin pens should never be shared among patients. Even if the disposable needle is changed, sharing may result in transmission of hepatitis viruses, HIV, or other blood-borne pathogens. Do not share pens among multiple patients in an inpatient setting; use multidose vials instead, if available, or, reserve the use of any pen to 1 patient only.

    Subcutaneous Administration

    ONLY use insulin syringes marked in insulin units. There may be differences in the way units are indicated, depending on the size of the syringe and the manufacturer. Insulin syringes are manufactured with 0.3-mL, 0.5-mL, and 1-mL capacity. Various lengths of needles are available: short (5, 6 mm) and long (8, 12.7 mm). Studies have confirmed equal efficacy and safety/tolerability with short-length needles as compared to longer ones, even in obese patients.
    Humulin N is available for use in a prefilled pen, Humulin N Pen and Humulin N KwikPen.
    Ensure that NPH insulin appears uniformly white and cloudy prior to injection.
    If using a vial, rotate the vial between the palms to mix before withdrawing a dose; do not shake.
    If using a pen, rotate the device in the palms of your hand; then, turn the device upside down and back at least 10 times to mix the insulin.
    If using a pen, the device should be primed prior to each injection to ensure accurate dosing.
    Subcutaneous injections are usually made into the anterior and lateral aspects of the thigh, the upper arms, buttocks, or the abdomen. The thigh or buttock is recommended to slow absorption and reduce the likelihood of hypoglycemia.
    Double-check dosage in syringe prior to administration.
    In adults, 4, 5, and 6 mm needles do not generally require the lifting of a skin fold; give injections at 90 degrees to the skin surface. Children, adolescents, slim individuals, or injection into limbs or slim abdomens may warrant use of a skin fold to avoid intramuscular injection. Additionally, 6 mm needles should be used with a skin fold or a 45-degree angle when injected into limbs or slim abdomens. Aspiration is not necessary. Inject slowly and ensure the plunger (syringe) or thumb button (pen) has been fully depressed. The needle should be remain in the skin for 10 seconds after injection to ensure complete delivery of the insulin dose.
    Rotate administration sites with each injection to prevent lipodystrophy. However, staying within the same area (e.g., abdomen) is generally recommended to decrease the variability in insulin absorption from dose to dose.
     
    Mixing of isophane insulin (NPH):
    If insulins are mixed together in the syringe, draw the quick-acting insulin (e.g., regular, aspart, glulisine, or lispro) into the syringe first. This prevents contamination of the remaining quick-acting insulin in the vial by NPH insulin.
    NPH and regular insulin can be mixed together in a syringe without changes in potency or action. NPH and regular insulin can be combined in the same syringe and be refrigerated for at least one month without changes in potency.
    Insulin glulisine can be mixed with NPH human insulin. The absorption total bioavailability and time to maximum concentration of insulin glulisine is not changed when mixed with either of these insulins; however, there is some attenuation (27%) of the maximum concentration. The injection should be made immediately after mixing.
    NPH human Insulin and insulin aspart mixtures have been studied. The time to peak and total bioavailability of insulin aspart is not altered by mixing with NPH insulin if the mixture is administered within 3 minutes after mixing; however, the peak concentration of insulin aspart is lower.
    Insulin lispro can be mixed with NPH human insulin. The absorption rate or total bioavailability of insulin lispro is not changed when mixed with NPH insulin. The injection should be made immediately after mixing.
    Insulin glargine should not be diluted or mixed with any other insulin or solution as the pharmacodynamic profile of insulin glargine and/or the other insulin may be altered in an unpredictable manner.
     
    Preparation and Administration Instructions for Patients:
    To prepare a dose from a vial: Clean the rubber stopper of the vial with an alcohol wipe. Pull back the plunger of a disposable syringe to fill the syringe with an amount of air equal to your dose of insulin (if your dose is 30 units, pull the plunger to the 30 unit mark). Insert the needle into the rubber stopper of the vial, and inject the air into the vial (this will make the insulin easier to remove). Turn the vial and syringe upside down. Making sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin, pull back on the plunger to fill the syringe with the prescribed number of units of insulin. Before removing the needle from the vial, check your syringe for air bubbles. If bubbles are present, hold the syringe straight up and flick the syringe firmly with your finger until the bubbles float to the top. Push them out with the plunger and withdraw the correct dose of insulin. Lift the vial off the syringe.
     
    Mixing of two types of insulin: NPH insulin should be mixed with shorter-acting insulins only on the advice of your prescriber. Follow your prescriber's instructions on whether to mix your insulins ahead of time or just before giving your injection. It is important to be consistent in your method. Clean the rubber stopper of both vials of insulin with an alcohol wipe. Roll the vial of the NPH gently between the palms of your hands to mix and warm the insulin. Be sure to mix the insulin well, but do not shake vigorously. Pull back the plunger of a disposable syringe to fill the syringe with an amount of air equal to your dose of NPH (if your dose is 30 units, pull the plunger to the 30 unit mark). Insert the needle into rubber stopper of the NPH vial and inject the air into the vial (this will make the insulin easier to remove). Make sure that the tip of the needle does not touch the NPH insulin. Do not withdraw any NPH insulin into the syringe. Withdraw the needle. Follow the same steps for your shorter-acting insulin dose, but do not withdraw the needle. Turn the vial of shorter-acting insulin and syringe upside down. Making sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin, withdraw the prescribed number of units of shorter-acting insulin into the syringe. Before removing the needle from the vial, check your syringe for air bubbles. If bubbles are present, hold the syringe straight up and flick the syringe firmly with your finger until the bubbles float to the top. Push them out with the plunger and withdraw the correct dose. Lift the vial of shorter-acting insulin off the syringe and insert the syringe into the vial of the NPH. Turn the vial and syringe upside down. Making sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin, withdraw the prescribed units of NPH. Lift the vial off the syringe.
     
    To inject a dose: Select an injection site on the stomach, arm, buttocks, or thigh, and clean with an alcohol wipe. The thigh or buttock is recommended to slow absorption and reduce the likelihood of hypoglycemia. Examine the injection site to determine whether lifting a skin fold is required or not given the needle length. If a skin fold is needed, pinch the skin up with your thumb and index fingers (possibly the addition of the middle finger) without causing skin blanching or pain. Insert the needle at a 90 degree angle to the surface of skin fold. Press the plunger all the way down to slowly deliver the insulin. Keep the needle in the skin for 10 seconds so that all of the insulin is injected. Remove the needle from the skin, release the skin fold, and press gently on the injection site for a moment (but do not rub or massage). Rotate your injection site such that each site is not used more than once every 1 to 2 months. Do not use injection sites that are thickened, red, or bumpy. Never inject insulin into a vein.
     
    Storage of Opened Products
    Storage of opened vials: Store opened insulin vials that are in-use at room temperature (not above 77 degrees F [25 degrees C]) to minimize local irritation. Opened Humulin N vials should be discarded 31 days after they are opened. Opened Novolin N vials should be discarded 42 days after they are opened. The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) recommends that an opened insulin vial may be kept at room temperature for up to one month (usually defined as 28 to 30 days). Insulin that has been kept at room temperature for longer than one month should be thrown away. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) also states that an opened insulin vial can be kept at room temperature for approximately 1 month. Extremes of temperature should be avoided because these can lead to significant changes in insulin action. If human insulin vials are stored under refrigeration while in use and are used beyond 30 days, the stability of these vials may be affected by a number of factors; such factors include the number of injections per day, volume of insulin remaining in the vial, exposure to light, agitation, and technique used for dose preparation. The impact of such factors is difficult to measure, and the health care professional should advise patients on an individual basis concerning long-term storage of opened insulin vials when refrigerated. The length of time an insulin can be stored while unopened is based on the expiration date.
    Storage of Pens: Humulin N insulin Pens should be stored at room temperature and discarded 14 days after opening.

    STORAGE

    Humulin N:
    - Avoid exposure to heat
    - Discard if product has been frozen
    - Discard within 14 days after first use
    - Protect from freezing
    - Protect from light
    - Store in refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F) or at room temperature, not to exceed 86 degrees F
    Novolin N:
    - Avoid direct heat and sunlight
    - Do not freeze
    - Unopened product may be stored at room temperature (68 to 77 degrees) for up to 6 weeks if not stored under refrigeration
    ReliOn:
    - Avoid direct heat and sunlight
    - Do not freeze
    - Unopened product may be stored at room temperature (68 to 77 degrees) for up to 6 weeks if not stored under refrigeration

    CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS

    Diarrhea, fever, infection, surgery, thyroid disease, trauma, vomiting

    Changes in insulin products should be made by experienced medical personnel. Changes in insulin species source (i.e., animal versus human, etc.), purity, or brand can necessitate dosage adjustments. The physiologic response resulting from the mixing of different insulins for subcutaneous administration together may differ from the response occurring when the insulins are administered separately. Treatment must be individualized. Diabetic patients must follow a regular, prescribed diet and exercise schedule to avoid either hypo- or hyperglycemia. The timing of meals and exercise with insulin doses is extremely important, and should remain consistent, unless prescribed otherwise. Fever, thyroid disease, infection, recent trauma or surgery, diarrhea secondary to malabsorption, vomiting, and certain medications can also affect insulin requirements, requiring dosage adjustments. Diabetic patients should be given a 'sick-day' plan to take appropriate action with blood glucose monitoring and insulin therapy when acute illness is present.

    Hepatic disease, renal failure, renal impairment

    Hepatic disease, renal impairment, or renal failure may affect insulin dosage requirements. Some pharmacokinetic studies have shown increased circulating levels of insulin in patients with hepatic or renal failure. Insulin dosage adjustments may be needed in some patients.

    Coma, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) administration, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS), intravenous administration

    Isophane insulin (NPH) is not appropriate for intravenous administration (IV). Intermediate or long-acting insulin preparations should not be used for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS), diabetic coma, or other emergencies requiring rapid onset of insulin action. Several types, routes, and frequencies of administration of insulin have been studied in patients with DKA and HHS; however, the American Diabetes Association recommends that regular insulin (versus the rapid-acting analogs) by continuous intravenous infusion be used to treat these conditions unless they are considered mild. Regular insulin is also preferred for those patients with poor tissue perfusion, shock, or cardiovascular collapse, or in patients requiring insulin for the treatment of hyperkalemia. Isophane insulin (NPH) should not be used for continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) administration; only quick acting insulins (e.g., regular insulin, insulin lispro, insulin glulisine, and insulin aspart) should be used by this route of administration.

    Hypoglycemia


    Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse effect of insulin therapy; hypoglycemia is the major barrier to achieving optimal glycemic control long term. Insulin is contraindicated in patients during episodes of hypoglycemia. Elderly patients are at risk for hypoglycemia as well as those who have brittle diabetes, have received an overdose of insulin, have a delayed or decreased food intake, or undergo an excessive amount of exercise relative to their usual insulin dose. Patients at risk for severe, iatrogenic hypoglycemia include those with insulin deficiency (i.e., type 1 diabetes mellitus and advanced type 2 diabetes mellitus), those with a history of severe hypoglycemia or hypoglycemia unawareness, and those undergoing intensive insulin therapy. Patient and family education regarding hypoglycemia management is crucial; the patient and patient's family should be instructed on how to recognize and manage the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Early warning signs of hypoglycemia may be less obvious in patients with hypoglycemia unawareness which can be due to a long history of diabetes (where deficiencies in the release or response to counter-regulatory hormones exist), with autonomic neuropathy, or taking beta-blockers. Patients should be aware of the need to have a readily available source of glucose (dextrose, d-glucose) or other carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemic episodes. In patients who are currently taking an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor (i.e., acarbose or miglitol) along with their insulin, oral glucose (dextrose) should be used to treat hypoglycemia; sucrose (table sugar) is unsuitable. In severe hypoglycemia, intravenous dextrose or glucagon injections may be needed. Insulin injections should not be used by the family to treat those patients who are unconscious. Severe or frequent hypoglycemia in a patient is an indication for the modification of treatment regimens, including setting higher glycemic goals.

    Hypokalemia

    In addition to hypoglycemia, hypokalemia may also occur as insulin facilitates the intracellular uptake of potassium. Patients at risk for hypokalemia (e.g., patients who are using potassium-lowering drugs or taking potassium concentration sensitive drugs) should be monitored closely for these effects.

    Bovine protein hypersensitivity, cresol hypersensitivity, porcine protein hypersensitivity

    Insulins are contraindicated for use in patients hypersensitive to the insulin or the excipients in the formulations. In general, beef insulin should not be used in patients with a history of bovine protein hypersensitivity unless these patients have been adequately desensitized. Beef insulin and beef-pork insulin combinations are no longer available in the US due to concerns over the transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (i.e., 'mad-cow disease'). Under certain registration processes with the FDA, beef insulin may be imported by individuals from outside the US, but this approach is not recommended. Pork insulins are still available in the US currently, although because of decreased use, the manufacturers of porcine insulins are discontinuing their production in the US; supplies are expected to be exhausted by the end of 2005. Porcine insulins should not be used in patients with a history of porcine protein hypersensitivity unless these patients have been adequately desensitized. Isophane insulin (NPH) contains m-cresol and should be avoided in patients with m-cresol hypersensitivity; localized reactions and general myalgias have been reported with the use of cresol as an injectable excipient. Minor, local sensitivity characterized by redness, swelling, or itching at the site of injection does not usually contraindicate therapy. Less common, but potentially more serious, is generalized allergy to insulin, which may cause rash, pruritus, shortness of breath, wheezing, hypotension, tachycardia, and diaphoresis. Severe cases, including anaphylactoid reactions, may be life threatening.

    Labor, obstetric delivery, pregnancy

    Most experts recommend human insulin as the therapy of choice to maintain blood glucose as close to normal as possible during pregnancy in patients with Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus, and, if diet therapy alone is not successful, for those patients with gestational diabetes. Use caution when administering long-acting insulin products near the time of labor and/or obstetric delivery; insulin requirements may fluctuate and carbohydrate intake may be unpredictable. Fetal abnormalities in animal studies of insulin have not been reported when insulin is used at doses similar to those that would be used in humans. Optimizing glycemic control before conception and during pregnancy appears to improve fetal outcome; this should include the avoidance of episodes of hypoglycemia as the toxic effects of maternal hypoglycemia on the fetus have been well-documented. In general, insulin requirements decline during the first trimester and increase during the second and third trimesters. Careful monitoring is required throughout pregnancy and during the perinatal period. During the perinatal period, careful monitoring of neonates born to mothers with diabetes is recommended. Post-partum, maternal insulin requirements may need adjustment.

    Breast-feeding

    The extent of excretion of insulin into breast milk is unknown. Insulin is degraded in the gastrointestinal tract; therefore, any insulin secreted into breast milk would not be absorbed by a breast-feeding infant. The American Diabetes Association encourages breast-feeding in women with pre-existing diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes ; accordingly, women on insulin therapy should be encouraged to breast-feed if no other contraindications exist. Breast-feeding, however, may decrease insulin requirements, despite the need for increased caloric intake. Careful observation of increased maternal caloric needs and maternal blood glucose levels are needed.

    Tobacco smoking

    Monitor blood glucose concentrations for needed insulin dosage adjustments in insulin-dependent diabetic patients whenever a change in either nicotine intake or tobacco smoking status occurs. Nicotine activates neuroendocrine pathways (e.g., increases in circulating cortisol and catecholamine levels) and may increase plasma glucose. Tobacco smoking is known to aggravate insulin resistance. The cessation of nicotine therapy or tobacco smoking may result in a decrease in blood glucose or an increase the subcutaneous absorption of insulin, respectively.

    Geriatric

    Geriatric patients are especially at risk for hypoglycemic episodes when using insulin. Risk factors for hypoglycemia include intensive insulin therapy, use of an excessive insulin dose, improper timing of insulin administration with regards to meals, injection of the wrong type of insulin, renal failure, severe liver disease, alcohol ingestion, defective counter-regulatory hormone release, missing meals/fasting, and gastroparesis. Because hypoglycemic events may be difficult to recognize in some elderly patients, the initial dosing and dosing increments of any insulin product should be conservative. Severe or frequent hypoglycemia is an indication for the modification of treatment regimens, including setting higher glycemic goals. The federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) regulates medication use in residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs). According to OBRA, the use of antidiabetic medications should include monitoring (e.g., periodic blood glucose) for effectiveness based on desired goals for that individual and to identify complications of treatment such as hypoglycemia or impaired renal function.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Severe

    insulin shock / Delayed / 0-1.0
    anaphylactoid reactions / Rapid / 0-1.0

    Moderate

    hypoglycemia / Early / 10.0
    hyperinsulinemia / Early / Incidence not known
    Somogyi effect / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hypokalemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    lipodystrophy / Delayed / Incidence not known
    sinus tachycardia / Rapid / Incidence not known
    dyspnea / Early / Incidence not known
    wheezing / Rapid / Incidence not known
    hypotension / Rapid / Incidence not known
    antibody formation / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hypertension / Early / Incidence not known
    peripheral edema / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Mild

    rash (unspecified) / Early / 1.0-10.0
    headache / Early / 5.0-10.0
    weight gain / Delayed / Incidence not known
    injection site reaction / Rapid / Incidence not known
    pruritus / Rapid / Incidence not known
    urticaria / Rapid / Incidence not known
    diaphoresis / Early / Incidence not known
    insulin resistance / Delayed / Incidence not known

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    Acebutolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Acetaminophen; Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Magnesium Salicylate; Phenyltoloxamine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Phenyltoloxamine; Salicylamide: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine; Phenyltoloxamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Dichloralphenazone; Isometheptene: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetaminophen; Propoxyphene: (Moderate) Propoxyphene may enhance the hypoglycemic action of antidiabetic agents. Patients should be closely monitored for changes in glycemic control while receiving propoxyphene in combination with antidiabetic agents.
    Acetaminophen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Acetazolamide: (Minor) Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors may alter blood sugar. Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been described in patients treated with acetazolamide. This should be taken into consideration in patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes mellitus who are receiving antidiabetic agents. Monitor blood glucose and for changes in glycemic control and be alert for evidence of an interaction.
    Acrivastine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Aliskiren; Amlodipine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Aliskiren; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Aliskiren; Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Alogliptin; Pioglitazone: (Major) The risk of heart failure and/or edema is increased when thiazolidinediones (including pioglitazone) are combined with insulins; monitor combined therapy closely for signs or symptoms of congestive heart failure. Pioglitazone should be discontinued if any deterioration in cardiac status occurs. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently.
    Amiloride; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Aminosalicylate sodium, Aminosalicylic acid: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Amlodipine; Benazepril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Amlodipine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Olmesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Amlodipine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Amlodipine; Olmesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Amlodipine; Telmisartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Amlodipine; Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Amoxicillin; Clarithromycin; Lansoprazole: (Moderate) Clarithromycin may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents.
    Amoxicillin; Clarithromycin; Omeprazole: (Moderate) Clarithromycin may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents.
    Amphetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Amphetamine; Dextroamphetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Amprenavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Androgens: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Angiotensin II receptor antagonists: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Aripiprazole: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Articaine; Epinephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Asenapine: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Aspirin, ASA: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Butalbital; Caffeine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Butalbital; Caffeine; Codeine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine; Dihydrocodeine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Carisoprodol: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Carisoprodol; Codeine: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Dipyridamole: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Omeprazole: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Oxycodone: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Aspirin, ASA; Pravastatin: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Atazanavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Atazanavir; Cobicistat: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Atenolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Atenolol; Chlorthalidone: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Atropine; Benzoic Acid; Hyoscyamine; Methenamine; Methylene Blue; Phenyl Salicylate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    atypical antipsychotic: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Azelaic Acid; Copper; Folic Acid; Nicotinamide; Pyridoxine; Zinc: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when niacin, niacinamide is instituted or discontinued. Dosage adjustments may be necessary. Niacin interferes with glucose metabolism and can result in hyperglycemia. When used at daily doses of 750 to 2000 mg, niacin significantly lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL cholesterol. Changes in glycemic control can usually be corrected through modification of hypoglycemic therapy. (Moderate) Niacin interferes with glucose metabolism and can result in hyperglycemia; monitor patients on antidiabetic agents for loss of blood glucose control if niacin therapy is added.
    Azelastine; Fluticasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Azilsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Azilsartan; Chlorthalidone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Baclofen: (Moderate) Because baclofen can increase blood glucose, doses of antidiabetic agents may need adjustment in patients receiving these drugs concomitantly.
    Beclomethasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Benazepril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Benazepril; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Bendroflumethiazide; Nadolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Benzoic Acid; Hyoscyamine; Methenamine; Methylene Blue; Phenyl Salicylate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Benzphetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Beta-blockers: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Betamethasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Betaxolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Bexarotene: (Moderate) Systemic bexarotene may enhance the action of insulins resulting in hypoglycemia. Patients should be closely monitored while receiving bexarotene capsules in combination with insulin; monitor for hypoglycemia and the need for diabetic therapy adjustments.
    Bismuth Subsalicylate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Bismuth Subsalicylate; Metronidazole; Tetracycline: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Bisoprolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Bisoprolol; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Bortezomib: (Minor) During clinical trials of bortezomib, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia were reported in diabetic patients receiving antidiabetic agents. Patients on antidiabetic agents receiving bortezomib treatment may require close monitoring of their blood glucose levels and dosage adjustment of their medications.
    Brexpiprazole: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Brimonidine; Timolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Brompheniramine; Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Brompheniramine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Brompheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Budesonide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Budesonide; Formoterol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Bumetanide: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide are instituted. Bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide may cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria in patients with diabetes mellitus, probably due to diuretic-induced hypokalemia. Because of this, a potential pharmacodynamic interaction exists between these drugs and all antidiabetic agents.
    Candesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Candesartan; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Captopril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Captopril; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Carbetapentane; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbetapentane; Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbetapentane; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbetapentane; Phenylephrine; Pyrilamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbetapentane; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbinoxamine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbinoxamine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbinoxamine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbinoxamine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbinoxamine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors: (Minor) Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors may alter blood sugar. Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been described in patients treated with acetazolamide. This should be taken into consideration in patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes mellitus who are receiving antidiabetic agents. Monitor blood glucose and for changes in glycemic control and be alert for evidence of an interaction.
    Cariprazine: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Carteolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Carvedilol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Cetirizine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlophedianol; Dexchlorpheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlophedianol; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chloroquine: (Major) Careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when chloroquine and antidiabetic agents, including insulin, are coadministered. A decreased dose of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary as severe hypoglycemia has been reported in patients treated concomitantly with chloroquine and an antidiabetic agent.
    Chlorothiazide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dihydrocodeine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Dihydrocodeine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Guaifenesin; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpheniramine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Chlorpromazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Chlorthalidone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Chlorthalidone; Clonidine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in glycemic control when clonidine is instituted. Clonidine may potentiate or weaken the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents, and may also mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
    Choline Salicylate; Magnesium Salicylate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Chromium: (Moderate) Chromium dietary supplements may lower blood glucose. As part of the glucose tolerance factor molecule, chromium appears to facilitate the binding of insulin to insulin receptors in tissues and to aid in glucose metabolism. Because blood glucose may be lowered by the use of chromium, patients who are on antidiabetic agents may need dose adjustments. Close monitoring of blood glucose is recommended.
    Ciclesonide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Ciprofloxacin: (Moderate) Careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when quinolones and antidiabetic agents, including insulins, are coadministered. Disturbances of blood glucose, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and an antidiabetic agent.
    Cisapride: (Moderate) Because cisapride can enhance gastric emptying in patients with diabetes, blood glucose can be affected, which, in turn, may affect the clinical response to antidiabetic agents. The dosing of antidiabetic agents may require adjustment in patients who receive cisapride concomitantly.
    Clarithromycin: (Moderate) Clarithromycin may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents.
    Clonidine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in glycemic control when clonidine is instituted. Clonidine may potentiate or weaken the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents, and may also mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
    Clozapine: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Codeine; Phenylephrine; Promethazine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism. (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Codeine; Promethazine: (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Colesevelam: (Moderate) In patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus receiving insulins, colesevelam increased serum triglyceride concentrations by 22% compared to placebo. Monitor patients for increase in triglyceride concentrations. Discontinue colesevelam if triglyceride concentrations are > 500 mg/dl or if hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis occurs.
    Conjugated Estrogens: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Conjugated Estrogens; Bazedoxifene: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Conjugated Estrogens; Medroxyprogesterone: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Corticosteroids: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Corticotropin, ACTH: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Cortisone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Cyclosporine: (Moderate) Cyclosporine may cause hyperglycemia. Patients should be monitored for worsening of glycemic control if therapy with cyclosporine is initiated in patients receiving insulin.
    Danazol: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Darunavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Darunavir; Cobicistat: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Dasabuvir; Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Deflazacort: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Desiccated Thyroid: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control whenever there is a change in thyroid treatment. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of antidiabetic agents if thyroid hormones are added or discontinued. Thyroid hormones are important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the mobilization of glycogen stores, and protein synthesis. When thyroid hormones are added to existing diabetes therapy, the glucose-lowering effect may be reduced.
    Desloratadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dexamethasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Dexchlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dexmethylphenidate: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dextroamphetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dextromethorphan; Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dextromethorphan; Promethazine: (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Diazoxide: (Minor) The hyperglycemic action of diazoxide can be diminished in patients receiving insulin, and, conversely, the dosage of insulin may need to be adjusted when diazoxide is added to the regimen.
    Dienogest; Estradiol valerate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Diethylpropion: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Diethylstilbestrol, DES: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Dihydrocodeine; Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Diphenhydramine; Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Diphenhydramine; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Disopyramide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving disopyramide concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Disopyramide may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin.
    Dobutamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dopamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Dorzolamide; Timolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Drospirenone; Estradiol: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Drospirenone; Ethinyl Estradiol: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Drospirenone; Ethinyl Estradiol; Levomefolate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Edetate Calcium Disodium, Calcium EDTA: (Minor) Use caution in administration of calcium EDTA to patients with diabetes mellitus who are receiving insulin therapy. Calcium EDTA chelates the zinc in selected exogenous insulins, thereby increasing the amount of insulin available to the body and decreasing the duration of the insulin dose. Alterations in blood glucose control may result. Diabetic patients receiving calcium EDTA may require adjustments in their insulin dosage.
    Edetate Disodium, Disodium EDTA: (Minor) Use caution in administration of calcium EDTA to patients with diabetes mellitus who are receiving insulin therapy. Calcium EDTA chelates the zinc in selected exogenous insulins, thereby increasing the amount of insulin available to the body and decreasing the duration of the insulin dose. Alterations in blood glucose control may result. Diabetic patients receiving calcium EDTA may require adjustments in their insulin dosage.
    Enalapril, Enalaprilat: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Enalapril; Felodipine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Enalapril; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Ephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Epinephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Eprosartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Eprosartan; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Erythromycin; Sulfisoxazole: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Esmolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Esterified Estrogens: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Esterified Estrogens; Methyltestosterone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary. (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Estradiol Cypionate; Medroxyprogesterone: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Estradiol: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Estradiol; Levonorgestrel: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Estradiol; Norethindrone: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Estradiol; Norgestimate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Estramustine: (Moderate) Estramustine may decrease glucose tolerance leading to hyperglycemia. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should monitor their blood glucose levels frequently due to this potential pharmacodynamic interaction.
    Estrogens: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Estropipate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Ethanol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control if alcohol (ethanol) is consumed; dosage adjustments of insulin may be necessary. Alcohol may cause variable effects on glycemic control when used in patients receiving insulin or other antidiabetic therapy. Alcohol ingestion can decrease endogenous glucose production potentiating the risk of hypoglycemia. Alternatively, alcohol can worsen glycemic control as it provides a source of additional calories. Encourage patients to limit or moderate their intake of alcoholic beverages. Because of its effects on endogenous glucose production, patients should be encouraged to avoid alcohol ingestion during the fasting state. Many non-prescription drug products may be formulated with ethanol; have patients scrutinize product labels prior to consumption.
    Ethinyl Estradiol: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Desogestrel: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Ethynodiol Diacetate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Etonogestrel: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Levonorgestrel: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Levonorgestrel; Folic Acid; Levomefolate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norelgestromin: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norethindrone Acetate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norethindrone Acetate; Ferrous fumarate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norethindrone: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norethindrone; Ferrous fumarate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norgestimate: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethinyl Estradiol; Norgestrel: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Ethotoin: (Minor) Ethotoin and other hydantoins have the potential to increase blood glucose and thus interact with antidiabetic agents pharmacodynamically. Monitor blood glucose for changes in glycemic control. Dosage adjustments may be necessary in some patients.
    Etonogestrel: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Fenofibrate: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fibric acid derivatives concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fibric acid derivatives may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin or other antidiabetic agents through increased insulin sensitivity and decreased glucagon secretion.
    Fenofibric Acid: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fibric acid derivatives concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fibric acid derivatives may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin or other antidiabetic agents through increased insulin sensitivity and decreased glucagon secretion.
    Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Fibric acid derivatives: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fibric acid derivatives concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fibric acid derivatives may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin or other antidiabetic agents through increased insulin sensitivity and decreased glucagon secretion.
    Fludrocortisone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Flunisolide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Fluoxetine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fluoxetine concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fluoxetine may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin and other antidiabetic agents.
    Fluoxetine; Olanzapine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fluoxetine concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fluoxetine may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin and other antidiabetic agents. (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Fluoxymesterone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Fluphenazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Fluticasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Fluticasone; Salmeterol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Fluticasone; Umeclidinium; Vilanterol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Fluticasone; Vilanterol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Formoterol; Mometasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Fosamprenavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Fosinopril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Fosinopril; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Fosphenytoin: (Minor) Fosphenytoin and other hydantoins have the potential to increase blood glucose and thus interact with antidiabetic agents pharmacodynamically. Monitor blood glucose for changes in glycemic control. Dosage adjustments may be necessary in some patients.
    Furosemide: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide are instituted. Bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide may cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria in patients with diabetes mellitus, probably due to diuretic-induced hypokalemia. Because of this, a potential pharmacodynamic interaction exists between these drugs and all antidiabetic agents.
    Garlic, Allium sativum: (Moderate) Selected constituents in Garlic, Allium sativum might have some antidiabetic activity, resulting in increased serum insulin concentrations and increased glycogen storage in the liver. Until more data are available, individuals receiving antidiabetic agents should use caution in consuming dietary supplements containing garlic, and follow their normally recommended strategies for blood glucose monitoring.
    Gemfibrozil: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving fibric acid derivatives concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Fibric acid derivatives may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin or other antidiabetic agents through increased insulin sensitivity and decreased glucagon secretion.
    Gemifloxacin: (Moderate) Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and antidiabetic agents. Rare cases of severe hypoglycemia have been reported with concomitant use of quinolones and glyburide. Therefore, careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when gemifloxacin and antidiabetic agents are coadministered.
    Glimepiride; Pioglitazone: (Major) The risk of heart failure and/or edema is increased when thiazolidinediones (including pioglitazone) are combined with insulins; monitor combined therapy closely for signs or symptoms of congestive heart failure. Pioglitazone should be discontinued if any deterioration in cardiac status occurs. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently.
    Glimepiride; Rosiglitazone: (Major) Use of insulins with rosiglitazone is not recommended by the manufacturer due to a potential increased risk for edema or heart failure. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently. In five 26-week trials involving patients with type 2 diabetes, rosiglitazone added to insulin therapy (n=867) was compared with insulin therapy alone (n=663). These trials included patients with chronic diabetes and a high prevalence of coexisting medical conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, ischemic heart disease, vascular disease, and congestive heart failure. In these clinical studies, an increased incidence of heart failure and other cardiovascular adverse events was seen in patients receiving combination rosiglitazone and insulin therapy compared to insulin monotherapy; the incidence of new onset or exacerbated heart failure was 0.9% in patients treated with insulin alone vs. 2% in patients treated with insulin plus rosiglitazone. Some of the patients who developed cardiac failure on combination therapy during the double blind part of the studies had no known prior evidence of congestive heart failure, or pre-existing cardiac condition. Additionally, the results of a meta-analysis that included the same 5 randomized, controlled trials mentioned previously indicate that the rate of myocardial ischemia may be increased in patients taking rosiglitazone in combination with insulin; the incidence of myocardia ischemia was 1.4% in patients receiving insulin monotherapy vs. 2.8% in patients receiving rosiglitazone and insulin combination therapy (OR 2.1 95% CI 0.9-5.1). The cardiovascular events were noted at doses of both 4 mg/day and 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone. In a sixth 26-week study, patients with baseline congestive heart failure were excluded; in this study, compared to insulin monotherapy (n=158), the addition of rosiglitazone to insulin therapy (n=161) did not increase the risk of congestive heart failure. One each of myocardial ischemia and sudden death were reported in patients taking combination therapy compared to zero patients taking insulin monotherapy. When rosiglitazone was added to insulin therapy, the incidence of hypoglycemia was higher with 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone (67%) compared to 4 mg/day (53%).
    Glucagon: (Minor) Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When glucagon is administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin degludec. Glucagon is often used to treat hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes mellitus.
    Green Tea: (Moderate) Green tea catechins have been shown to decrease serum glucose concentrations. Patients with diabetes mellitus taking antidiabetic agents should be monitored closely for hypoglycemia if consuming green tea products.
    Guaifenesin; Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Hydralazine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Irbesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Lisinopril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Losartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Methyldopa: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Metoprolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Moexipril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Olmesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Propranolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Quinapril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Spironolactone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Telmisartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Triamterene: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes. (Minor) Triamterene can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. Patients receiving insulin should be closely monitored for signs indicating loss of diabetic control when therapy with triamterene is instituted. In addition, patients receiving insulin should be closely monitored for signs of hypoglycemia when therapy with any of these other agents is discontinued.
    Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ; Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Hydrocodone; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Hydrocodone; Potassium Guaiacolsulfonate; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Hydrocodone; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Hydrocortisone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Hydroxychloroquine: (Major) Careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when hydroxychloroquine and antidiabetic agents, including insulins, are coadministered. A decreased dose of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary as severe hypoglycemia has been reported in patients treated concomitantly with hydroxychloroquine and an antidiabetic agent.
    Hydroxyprogesterone: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Hyoscyamine; Methenamine; Methylene Blue; Phenyl Salicylate; Sodium Biphosphate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Ibuprofen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Iloperidone: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Indapamide: (Moderate) A potential pharmacodynamic interaction exists between indapamide and antidiabetic agents, like insulins. Indapamide can decrease insulin sensitivity thereby leading to glucose intolerance and hyperglycemia. Diuretic-induced hypokalemia may also lead to hyperglycemia.
    Indinavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Irbesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Isocarboxazid: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Animal data indicate that MAOIs may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas.
    Isoniazid, INH: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when isoniazid, INH is instituted or discontinued. Although rare, isoniazid, INH may increase blood sugar. Insulin requirements may be increased when patients are administered isoniazid, INH concomitantly.
    Isoniazid, INH; Pyrazinamide, PZA; Rifampin: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when isoniazid, INH is instituted or discontinued. Although rare, isoniazid, INH may increase blood sugar. Insulin requirements may be increased when patients are administered isoniazid, INH concomitantly.
    Isoniazid, INH; Rifampin: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when isoniazid, INH is instituted or discontinued. Although rare, isoniazid, INH may increase blood sugar. Insulin requirements may be increased when patients are administered isoniazid, INH concomitantly.
    Isoproterenol: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Labetalol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Lanreotide: (Moderate) Monitor blood glucose levels if administration of lanreotide is necessary with antidiabetic agents; adjust the dosage of the antidiabetic agent as clinically appropriate. Lanreotide inhibits the secretion of insulin and glucagon.
    Leuprolide; Norethindrone: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Levobetaxolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Levobunolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Levocarnitine: (Moderate) Chromium dietary supplements may lower blood glucose. As part of the glucose tolerance factor molecule, chromium appears to facilitate the binding of insulin to insulin receptors in tissues and to aid in glucose metabolism. Because blood glucose may be lowered by the use of chromium, patients who are on antidiabetic agents may need dose adjustments. Close monitoring of blood glucose is recommended.
    Levofloxacin: (Moderate) Careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when levofloxacin and antidiabetic agents, including insulins, are coadministered. Disturbances of blood glucose, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and an antidiabetic agent.
    Levonorgestrel: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Levothyroxine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control whenever there is a change in thyroid treatment. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of antidiabetic agents if thyroid hormones are added or discontinued. Thyroid hormones are important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the mobilization of glycogen stores, and protein synthesis. When thyroid hormones are added to existing diabetes therapy, the glucose-lowering effect may be reduced.
    Linezolid: (Moderate) Hypoglycemia, including symptomatic episodes, has been noted in post-marketing reports with linezolid in patients with diabetes mellitus receiving therapy with antidiabetic agents, such as insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents. Diabetic patients should be monitored for potential hypoglycemic reactions while on linezolid. If hypoglycemia occurs, discontinue or decrease the dose of the antidiabetic agent or discontinue the linezolid therapy. Linezolid is a reversible, nonselective MAO inhibitor and other MAO inhibitors have been associated with hypoglycemic episodes in diabetic patients receiving insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents.
    Liothyronine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control whenever there is a change in thyroid treatment. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of antidiabetic agents if thyroid hormones are added or discontinued. Thyroid hormones are important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the mobilization of glycogen stores, and protein synthesis. When thyroid hormones are added to existing diabetes therapy, the glucose-lowering effect may be reduced.
    Liotrix: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control whenever there is a change in thyroid treatment. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of antidiabetic agents if thyroid hormones are added or discontinued. Thyroid hormones are important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the mobilization of glycogen stores, and protein synthesis. When thyroid hormones are added to existing diabetes therapy, the glucose-lowering effect may be reduced.
    Lisdexamfetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Lisinopril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Lithium: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in glycemic control when lithium is instituted; dosage adjustments of insulin may be necessary. Lithium may cause variable effects on glycemic control when used in patients receiving insulin or other antidiabetic therapy.
    Lomefloxacin: (Moderate) Disturbances of blood glucose, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and an antidiabetic agent. Therefore, careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when quinolones and antidiabetic agents are co-administered.
    Lopinavir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Loratadine; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Lorcaserin: (Moderate) In general, weight reduction may increase the risk of hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with antidiabetic agents, such as insulin and/or insulin secretagogues (e.g., sulfonylureas). In clinical trials, lorcaserin use was associated with reports of hypoglycemia. Blood glucose monitoring is warranted in patients with type 2 diabetes prior to starting and during lorcaserin treatment. Dosage adjustments of anti-diabetic medications should be considered. If a patient develops hypoglycemia during treatment, adjust anti-diabetic drug regimen accordingly. Of note, lorcaserin has not been studied in combination with insulin.
    Losartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Lovastatin; Niacin: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when niacin, niacinamide is instituted or discontinued. Dosage adjustments may be necessary. Niacin interferes with glucose metabolism and can result in hyperglycemia. When used at daily doses of 750 to 2000 mg, niacin significantly lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL cholesterol. Changes in glycemic control can usually be corrected through modification of hypoglycemic therapy.
    Lurasidone: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Magnesium Salicylate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Mecasermin rinfabate: (Moderate) Use caution in combining mecasermin with antidiabetic agents. The hypoglycemic effect induced by mecasermin may be exacerbated.
    Mecasermin, Recombinant, rh-IGF-1: (Moderate) Use caution in combining mecasermin with antidiabetic agents. The hypoglycemic effect induced by mecasermin may be exacerbated.
    Medroxyprogesterone: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Megestrol: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Meperidine; Promethazine: (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Mepivacaine; Levonordefrin: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Mesoridazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Mestranol; Norethindrone: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives are instituted or discontinued. Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Metformin; Pioglitazone: (Major) The risk of heart failure and/or edema is increased when thiazolidinediones (including pioglitazone) are combined with insulins; monitor combined therapy closely for signs or symptoms of congestive heart failure. Pioglitazone should be discontinued if any deterioration in cardiac status occurs. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently.
    Metformin; Rosiglitazone: (Major) Use of insulins with rosiglitazone is not recommended by the manufacturer due to a potential increased risk for edema or heart failure. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently. In five 26-week trials involving patients with type 2 diabetes, rosiglitazone added to insulin therapy (n=867) was compared with insulin therapy alone (n=663). These trials included patients with chronic diabetes and a high prevalence of coexisting medical conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, ischemic heart disease, vascular disease, and congestive heart failure. In these clinical studies, an increased incidence of heart failure and other cardiovascular adverse events was seen in patients receiving combination rosiglitazone and insulin therapy compared to insulin monotherapy; the incidence of new onset or exacerbated heart failure was 0.9% in patients treated with insulin alone vs. 2% in patients treated with insulin plus rosiglitazone. Some of the patients who developed cardiac failure on combination therapy during the double blind part of the studies had no known prior evidence of congestive heart failure, or pre-existing cardiac condition. Additionally, the results of a meta-analysis that included the same 5 randomized, controlled trials mentioned previously indicate that the rate of myocardial ischemia may be increased in patients taking rosiglitazone in combination with insulin; the incidence of myocardia ischemia was 1.4% in patients receiving insulin monotherapy vs. 2.8% in patients receiving rosiglitazone and insulin combination therapy (OR 2.1 95% CI 0.9-5.1). The cardiovascular events were noted at doses of both 4 mg/day and 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone. In a sixth 26-week study, patients with baseline congestive heart failure were excluded; in this study, compared to insulin monotherapy (n=158), the addition of rosiglitazone to insulin therapy (n=161) did not increase the risk of congestive heart failure. One each of myocardial ischemia and sudden death were reported in patients taking combination therapy compared to zero patients taking insulin monotherapy. When rosiglitazone was added to insulin therapy, the incidence of hypoglycemia was higher with 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone (67%) compared to 4 mg/day (53%).
    Methamphetamine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Methazolamide: (Minor) Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors may alter blood sugar. Both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been described in patients treated with acetazolamide. This should be taken into consideration in patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes mellitus who are receiving antidiabetic agents. Monitor blood glucose and for changes in glycemic control and be alert for evidence of an interaction.
    Methohexital: (Minor) The risk of developing hypothermia is increased when methohexital is used with hypothermia-producing agents such as ethanol, insulins, phenothiazines, or other general anesthetics.
    Methyclothiazide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Methylphenidate: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Methylprednisolone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Methyltestosterone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Metoclopramide: (Moderate) Because metoclopramide can enhance gastric emptying in patients with diabetes, blood glucose can be affected, which, in turn, may affect the clinical response to antidiabetic agents, including insulin. The dosing of insulin may require adjustment in patients who receive metoclopramide concomitantly.
    Metolazone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Metoprolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Metreleptin: (Moderate) Use caution when administering metreleptin to patients treated with concomitant insulins or insulin secretagogue therapy (i.e., sulfonylureas, nateglinide, repaglinide). In clinical evaluation of metreleptin, hypoglycemia occurred in 13% of patients with generalized lipodystrophy. Most reported cases occurred with concomitant insulin use, with or without oral antihyperglycemic agents. Closely monitor blood glucose in patients on concomitant insulin or insulin secretagogue therapy. Dosage adjustments to their antihyperglycemic medications may be necessary.
    Metyrapone: (Moderate) In patients taking insulin or other antidiabetic agents, the signs and symptoms of acute metyrapone toxicity (e.g., symptoms of acute adrenal insufficiency) may be aggravated or modified.
    Midodrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Moexipril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Mometasone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Monoamine oxidase inhibitors: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Animal data indicate that MAOIs may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas.
    Moxifloxacin: (Moderate) Disturbances of blood glucose, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and an antidiabetic agent. Monitor blood glucose when quinolones and antidiabetic agents are coadministered.
    Nadolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Nandrolone Decanoate: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Naproxen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Nebivolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Nebivolol; Valsartan: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus. (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Nelfinavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Niacin, Niacinamide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when niacin, niacinamide is instituted or discontinued. Dosage adjustments may be necessary. Niacin interferes with glucose metabolism and can result in hyperglycemia. When used at daily doses of 750 to 2000 mg, niacin significantly lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL cholesterol. Changes in glycemic control can usually be corrected through modification of hypoglycemic therapy.
    Niacin; Simvastatin: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when niacin, niacinamide is instituted or discontinued. Dosage adjustments may be necessary. Niacin interferes with glucose metabolism and can result in hyperglycemia. When used at daily doses of 750 to 2000 mg, niacin significantly lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL cholesterol. Changes in glycemic control can usually be corrected through modification of hypoglycemic therapy.
    Nicotine: (Minor) Nicotine may increase plasma glucose. Monitor blood sugar for needed insulin dosage adjustments in insulin-dependent diabetic patients whenever a change in either nicotine intake or smoking status occurs. In addition, the use of inhaled insulin is not recommended in patients who smoke. Smoking tobacco can alter the effect of inhaled insulin in several ways. First, nicotine activates neuroendocrine pathways (e.g., increases in circulating cortisol and catecholamine levels) and may increase plasma glucose. Second, tobacco smoking is known to aggravate insulin resistance. Finally, compared with non-smokers, insulin exposure after inhalation may be greater in patients who smoke. If inhaled insulin is used in this population, patients should be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations closely. If a change in smoking status or nicotine intake occur, patients should continue to monitor their blood glucose concentrations closely and clinicians should adjust the dose of insulin when indicated.
    Norepinephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Norethindrone: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Norfloxacin: (Moderate) Disturbances of blood glucose, including hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and an antidiabetic agent. Monitor blood glucose when quinolones and antidiabetic agents are coadministered.
    Norgestrel: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Octreotide: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving octreotide concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control and adjust doses of these medications accordingly. Administration of octreotide to patients receiving oral antidiabetic agents or insulin can produce hypoglycemia due to slowing of gut motility which leads to decreased postprandial glucose concentrations.
    Ofloxacin: (Moderate) Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and antidiabetic agents. Therefore, careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when quinolones and antidiabetic agents are coadministered.
    Olanzapine: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Olmesartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Ombitasvir; Paritaprevir; Ritonavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Orlistat: (Minor) Changes in dietary intake and weight loss induced by orlistat may improve metabolic control in diabetic patients. Lower blood glucose may necessitate a dosage reduction of antidiabetic agents.
    Oxandrolone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Oxymetholone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Paliperidone: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Pasireotide: (Major) Pasireotide may cause hyperglycemia. Closely monitor patients receiving antidiabetic therapy for changes in glycemic control; adjustments in the dosage of antidiabetic agents may be necessary during pasireotide receipt and after its discontinuation.
    Pegvisomant: (Moderate) Growth hormone decreases insulin sensitivity by opposing the effects of insulin on carbohydrate metabolism; therefore, pegvisomant, which antagonizes growth hormone, is expected to have the opposite effect. Diabetic patients should monitor their blood glucose regularly with doses of anti-diabetic medications reduced as necessary.
    Pemoline: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Penbutolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Pentamidine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in glycemic control during the use of pentamidine; dosage adjustments of insulin may be necessary. Pentamidine can be harmful to pancreatic cells. This effect may lead to hypoglycemia acutely, followed hyperglycemia with prolonged pentamidine therapy.
    Pentoxifylline: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving pentoxifylline concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Pentoxifylline may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin.
    Perindopril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Perindopril; Amlodipine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Perphenazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Perphenazine; Amitriptyline: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Phendimetrazine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Phenelzine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Animal data indicate that MAOIs may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas.
    Phenothiazines: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Phentermine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Phentermine; Topiramate: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Phenylephrine; Promethazine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism. (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Phenytoin: (Minor) Phenytoin and other hydantoins have the potential to increase blood glucose and thus interact with antidiabetic agents pharmacodynamically. Monitor blood glucose for changes in glycemic control. Dosage adjustments may be necessary in some patients.
    Pindolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Pioglitazone: (Major) The risk of heart failure and/or edema is increased when thiazolidinediones (including pioglitazone) are combined with insulins; monitor combined therapy closely for signs or symptoms of congestive heart failure. Pioglitazone should be discontinued if any deterioration in cardiac status occurs. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently.
    Pramlintide: (Major) Pramlintide is indicated to be used in combination with insulins; however, pramlintide increases the risk of insulin-induced hypoglycemia. Because of this increased risk, a dose reduction in mealtime insulin is warranted during the titration period with pramlintide. Per the manufacturer, insulin and pramlintide should not be combined in the same syringe or administered in the same injection site as the pharmacokinetic parameters of pramlintide are altered by regular, isophane (NPH), and premixed 70/30 insulin formulations; however, in a randomized, open-label crossover study in type 1 diabetes patients, the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and safety of 30 mcg of pramlintide were not changed significantly when mixed with various short-acting insulins, long-acting insulins, or both immediately before injection. Because not all insulin types, doses of insulin, and doses of pramlintide were studied, mixing pramlintide with insulin prior to injection should be avoided. Furthermore, most insulins are formulated at a pH of approximately 7 and are not compatible with pramlintide which is formulated at a pH of 4.
    Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA (Dietary Supplements): (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA (FDA-approved): (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Prednisolone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Prednisone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Prilocaine; Epinephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Prochlorperazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Progesterone: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Progestins: (Minor) Progestins can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Promethazine: (Minor) It is unclear if phenothiazines directly interact with antidiabetic agents, phenothiazines have been reported to increase blood glucose concentrations. Promethazine should be used cautiously in patients receiving antidiabetic agents; patients should routinely monitor their blood glucose as indicated.
    Propoxyphene: (Moderate) Propoxyphene may enhance the hypoglycemic action of antidiabetic agents. Patients should be closely monitored for changes in glycemic control while receiving propoxyphene in combination with antidiabetic agents.
    Propranolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Protease inhibitors: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Pyrimethamine; Sulfadoxine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Quetiapine: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Quinapril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Racepinephrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Ramipril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Rasagiline: (Moderate) Animal data indicate that monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas. Serum glucose should be monitored closely when MAOI-type medications, including the selective MAO-B inhibitor rasagiline, are added to any regimen containing antidiabetic agents.
    Reserpine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in glycemic control during the use of reserpine. Reserpine may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
    Risperidone: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.
    Ritodrine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Ritonavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Rosiglitazone: (Major) Use of insulins with rosiglitazone is not recommended by the manufacturer due to a potential increased risk for edema or heart failure. If heart failure develops in a patient receiving insulin and a thiazoladinedione, manage the patient according to standards of care, and discontinue or consider reducing the dose of the thiazoladinedione. Since the incidence of hypoglycemia may also be higher with combined therapy, patients should also be instructed to monitor blood glucose concentrations more frequently. In five 26-week trials involving patients with type 2 diabetes, rosiglitazone added to insulin therapy (n=867) was compared with insulin therapy alone (n=663). These trials included patients with chronic diabetes and a high prevalence of coexisting medical conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, ischemic heart disease, vascular disease, and congestive heart failure. In these clinical studies, an increased incidence of heart failure and other cardiovascular adverse events was seen in patients receiving combination rosiglitazone and insulin therapy compared to insulin monotherapy; the incidence of new onset or exacerbated heart failure was 0.9% in patients treated with insulin alone vs. 2% in patients treated with insulin plus rosiglitazone. Some of the patients who developed cardiac failure on combination therapy during the double blind part of the studies had no known prior evidence of congestive heart failure, or pre-existing cardiac condition. Additionally, the results of a meta-analysis that included the same 5 randomized, controlled trials mentioned previously indicate that the rate of myocardial ischemia may be increased in patients taking rosiglitazone in combination with insulin; the incidence of myocardia ischemia was 1.4% in patients receiving insulin monotherapy vs. 2.8% in patients receiving rosiglitazone and insulin combination therapy (OR 2.1 95% CI 0.9-5.1). The cardiovascular events were noted at doses of both 4 mg/day and 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone. In a sixth 26-week study, patients with baseline congestive heart failure were excluded; in this study, compared to insulin monotherapy (n=158), the addition of rosiglitazone to insulin therapy (n=161) did not increase the risk of congestive heart failure. One each of myocardial ischemia and sudden death were reported in patients taking combination therapy compared to zero patients taking insulin monotherapy. When rosiglitazone was added to insulin therapy, the incidence of hypoglycemia was higher with 8 mg/day of rosiglitazone (67%) compared to 4 mg/day (53%).
    Sacubitril; Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Salicylates: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Salsalate: (Moderate) Use large doses of aspirin cautiously in patients receiving insulin. Salicylates, by inhibiting prostaglandin E2 synthesis, can indirectly increase insulin secretion. Thus, salicylates can decrease blood glucose concentrations. In large doses, salicylates uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, deplete hepatic and muscle glycogen, and cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria. After acute overdose, aspirin can cause either hypo- or hyperglycemia.
    Saquinavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Selegiline: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Animal data indicate that MAOIs may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas.
    Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate: (Moderate) Sodium polystyrene sulfonate should be used cautiously with other agents that can induce hypokalemia such as loop diuretics, insulins, or intravenous sodium bicarbonate. Because of differences in onset of action, sodium polystyrene sulfonate is often used with these agents. With appropriate monitoring, hypokalemia can be avoided.
    Somatropin, rh-GH: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when somatropin, rh-GH is instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when somatropin, rh-GH is discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., somatropin, rh-GH) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Sotalol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Sparfloxacin: (Moderate) Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia have been reported in patients treated concomitantly with quinolones and antidiabetic agents. Therefore, careful monitoring of blood glucose is recommended when quinolones and antidiabetic agents are coadministered.
    Sulfadiazine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim, SMX-TMP, Cotrimoxazole: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Sulfasalazine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Sulfinpyrazone: (Moderate) A case report describes an episode of brief hypoglycemia in a diabetic patient receiving both insulins and sulfinpyrazone. The patient responded spontaneously, and an association with sulfinpyrazone was not clearly established. In another report, no changes in insulin requirements were required when sulfinpyrazone therapy was added.
    Sulfisoxazole: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Sulfonamides: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving sulfonamides concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Sulfonamides may enhance the hypoglycemic action of insulin. Sulfonamides may induce hypoglycemia in some patients by increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Patients at risk include those with compromised renal function, those fasting for prolonged periods, those that are malnourished, and those receiving high or excessive doses of sulfonamides.
    Sympathomimetics: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when sympathomimetic agents are instituted. Endogenous epinephrine is released in response to hypoglycemia; epinephrine, through stimulation of alpha- and beta- receptors, increases hepatic glucose production and glycogenolysis and inhibits insulin secretion in order to increase serum glucose concentrations. A pharmacodynamic interaction may occur when pseudoephedrine and other sympathomimetics are administered to patients as these agents may increase blood glucose concentrations by a similar mechanism.
    Tacrolimus: (Moderate) Tacrolimus has been reported to cause hyperglycemia. Patients should be monitored for worsening of glycemic control if therapy with tacrolimus is initiated in patients receiving antidiabetic agents.
    Tegaserod: (Moderate) Because tegaserod can enhance gastric emptying in patients with diabetes, blood glucose can be affected, which, in turn, may affect the clinical response to antidiabetic agents.
    Telmisartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Testolactone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Testosterone: (Moderate) Exogenously administered androgens have variable effects on blood glucose control in patients with diabetes mellitus. In general, low testosterone concentrations are associated with insulin resistance, and may worsen hyperglycemia.However, when hypogonadal men (with or without diabetes) are administered exogenous androgens, glycemic control typically improves as indicated by significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose concentrations and HbA1c. Some patients may experience hypoglycemia. Other patients receiving androgen replacement may not have significant changes in blood glucose. Moniitor blood glucose and HbA1C in patients receiving antidiabetic agents and androgens. In some cases, dosage adjustments of the antidiabetic agent may be necessary.
    Thiazide diuretics: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control when thiazide diuretics are instituted or discontinued; dosage adjustments may be required. Thiazide diuretics can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. It appears that the effects of thiazide diuretics on glycemic control are dose-related and low doses can be instituted without deleterious effects on glycemic control. In addition, diuretics reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
    Thiethylperazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Thioridazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Thyroid hormones: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control whenever there is a change in thyroid treatment. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of antidiabetic agents if thyroid hormones are added or discontinued. Thyroid hormones are important in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, gluconeogenesis, the mobilization of glycogen stores, and protein synthesis. When thyroid hormones are added to existing diabetes therapy, the glucose-lowering effect may be reduced.
    Timolol: (Moderate) Although no pharmacokinetic interaction has been observed between beta-blockers and antidiabetic agents, patients receiving beta-blockers and insulin concomitantly should be closely monitored for an inappropriate response. Beta-blockers exert complex actions on the body's ability to regulate blood glucose. Because of this, beta-blockers may cause a pharmacodynamic interaction with antidiabetic agents. Beta-blockers can prolong hypoglycemia by interfering with glycogenolysis (secondary to blocking the compensatory actions of epinephrine) or can promote hyperglycemia (by inhibiting insulin secretion and decreasing tissue sensitivity to insulin). Furthermore, a prospective trial in non-diabetic patients with hypertension indicated that treatment with beta-blockers increased the risk of the development of diabetes by 28% at six years. In addition, beta-blockers may mask the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, specifically the tachycardic response, and exaggerate the hypertensive response to hypoglycemia. Selective beta-blockers, such as acebutolol, atenolol, or metoprolol, can cause fewer problems with blood glucose regulation, although these agents can still mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia. While beta-blockers may have negative effects on glycemic control, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with diabetes. Furthermore, their use should not be avoided in patients with compelling indications for beta-blocker therapy (i.e., post-MI, heart failure, etc.) when no other contraindications are present. Decreased mortality has been shown in the post-MI and heart failure populations when beta-blockers are used, especially in patients with coexisting diabetes mellitus.
    Tipranavir: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for changes in diabetic control, specifically hyperglycemia, when anti-retroviral protease inhibitors are instituted. New onset diabetes mellitus, exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, and hyperglycemia due to insulin resistance have been reported with use of anti-retroviral protease inhibitors. Another possible mechanism is impairment of beta-cell function. Onset averaged approximately 63 days after initiating protease inhibitor therapy, but has occurred as early as 4 days after beginning therapy. Diabetic ketoacidosis has occurred in some patients including patients who were not diabetic prior to protease inhibitor treatment.
    Torsemide: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide are instituted. Bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide may cause hyperglycemia and glycosuria in patients with diabetes mellitus, probably due to diuretic-induced hypokalemia. Because of this, a potential pharmacodynamic interaction exists between these drugs and all antidiabetic agents.
    Trandolapril: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Trandolapril; Verapamil: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. ACE inhibitors may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Tranylcypromine: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Animal data indicate that MAOIs may stimulate insulin secretion. Inhibitors of MAO type A have been shown to prolong the hypoglycemic response to insulin and oral sulfonylureas.
    Triamcinolone: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when corticosteroids are instituted and for signs of hypoglycemia when corticosteroids are discontinued. Endogenous counter-regulatory hormones are released in response to hypoglycemia. When released, blood glucose concentrations rise. When these hormones or their derivatives (e.g., corticosteroids) are administered exogenously, increases in blood glucose concentrations would be expected thereby decreasing the hypoglycemic effect of insulin.
    Triamterene: (Minor) Triamterene can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by producing an increase in blood glucose levels. Patients receiving insulin should be closely monitored for signs indicating loss of diabetic control when therapy with triamterene is instituted. In addition, patients receiving insulin should be closely monitored for signs of hypoglycemia when therapy with any of these other agents is discontinued.
    Trifluoperazine: (Minor) Monitor patients receiving insulin closely for worsening glycemic control when phenothiazines are instituted. The phenothiazines, especially chlorpromazine, may increase blood glucose concentrations.
    Valsartan: (Moderate) Monitor patients receiving angiotensin II receptor antagonists concomitantly with insulin for changes in glycemic control. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists may enhance the hypoglycemic effects of insulin by improving insulin sensitivity. In addition, angiotensin II receptor antagonists have been associated with a reduced incidence in the development of new-onset diabetes in patients with hypertension or other cardiac disease.
    Ziprasidone: (Moderate) Patients taking insulin should be closely monitored for worsening glycemic control when an atypical antipsychotic is instituted. The atypical antipsychotics have been associated with metabolic changes, including hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar, hyperglycemic states, and diabetic coma. Possible mechanisms include atypical antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance or direct beta-cell inhibition. While a causal relationship has not been established, temporal associations of atypical antipsychotic therapy with the aggravation of diabetes mellitus have been reported.

    PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

    Pregnancy

    Most experts recommend human insulin as the therapy of choice to maintain blood glucose as close to normal as possible during pregnancy in patients with Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus, and, if diet therapy alone is not successful, for those patients with gestational diabetes. Use caution when administering long-acting insulin products near the time of labor and/or obstetric delivery; insulin requirements may fluctuate and carbohydrate intake may be unpredictable. Fetal abnormalities in animal studies of insulin have not been reported when insulin is used at doses similar to those that would be used in humans. Optimizing glycemic control before conception and during pregnancy appears to improve fetal outcome; this should include the avoidance of episodes of hypoglycemia as the toxic effects of maternal hypoglycemia on the fetus have been well-documented. In general, insulin requirements decline during the first trimester and increase during the second and third trimesters. Careful monitoring is required throughout pregnancy and during the perinatal period. During the perinatal period, careful monitoring of neonates born to mothers with diabetes is recommended. Post-partum, maternal insulin requirements may need adjustment.

    MECHANISM OF ACTION

    Endogenous insulin regulates carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism by several mechanisms; in general, insulin promotes the storage and inhibits the breakdown of glucose, fat, and amino acids. Insulin lowers glucose concentrations by facilitating the uptake of glucose in muscle and adipose tissue and by inhibiting hepatic glucose production (glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis). Insulin also regulates fat metabolism by enhancing the storage of fat (lipogenesis) and inhibiting the mobilization of fat for energy in adipose tissues (lipolysis and free fatty acid oxidation). Finally, insulin is involved in the regulation of protein metabolism by increasing protein synthesis and inhibiting proteolysis in muscle tissue.
     
    Diabetes mellitus type 1 is caused by insulin deficiency while diabetes mellitus type 2 is caused by a combination of insulin deficiency and resistance. Biosynthetic insulin is used as replacement therapy in patients with diabetes mellitus to temporarily restore their ability to use fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, and to convert glycogen to fat. Insulin administration also enables these patients to replete their liver glycogen stores. Commercially available insulin is prepared using recombinant DNA technology utilizing Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) or enzymatic modification of beef or pork insulin to create a product identical in structure and function to endogenous human insulin.

    PHARMACOKINETICS

    Isophane insulin (NPH) is administered via the subcutaneous route by intermittent injections only. Endogenous insulin distributes widely throughout the body. A small portion is inactivated by peripheral tissues, but the majority is metabolized by the liver and kidneys. Insulin is filtered and reabsorbed by the kidneys; the plasma half-life of human endogenous insulin is approximately 5 to 6 minutes.

    Subcutaneous Route

    After subcutaneous administration, the onset of glucose lowering activity begins 1.5 hours after injection with greatest blood sugar lowering effect between 4 and 12 hours after injection. The effects may last up to 24 hours.