Yes. There are several classes of drugs that may increase blood sugar levels and thus increase the risk for diabetes. Some of these are:
• Statins: These are very effective medicines that reduce cholesterol. They reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. These include atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), and pravastatin (Pravachol)
• Thiazide diuretics: These are a type of water pills that are sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or swelling. Hydrochlorothiazide or HCTZ is a common example.
• Steroids: These are anti-inflammatory medicines such as prednisone and cortisone. They also include anabolic steroids used in muscle building.
• Beta-blockers: They are used to treat high blood pressure and certain heart problems including heart failure. They are also used after heart attacks to increase survival rate. Examples include carvedilol (Coreg), propranolol (Ideral), metoprolol (Toprol and Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard) and atenolol (Tenormin).
• Atypical antipsychotics: These are used to treat a variety of psychiatric illnesses. These medications may cause weight gain and increase the risk for diabetes. They include: olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), aripiprazole (Abilify), and ziprasidone (Geodon)
In many cases the benefits of using these medicines outweigh any risks. Only your own doctor can help you decide what medicine is right for you. Never stop any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
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