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Sulfonylureas can cause low blood sugar. They help the pancreas make and/or release insulin.
- Chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
- Glimepiride (Amaryl)
- Glipizide (Glucotrol)
- Glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase)
Meglitinides help the pancreas make insulin. They may cause low blood sugar.
- Nateglinide (Starlix)
- Repaglinide (Prandin)
Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors lower your blood sugar. They do this by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates.
- Acarbose (Precose)
- Miglitol (Glyset)
You are less likely to get low blood sugar if you take:
- DPP-4 inhibitors. These include sitagliptin (Januvia) and saxagliptin (Onglyza).
- Metformin. One brand name is Glucophage.
- Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors. These include canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), and empagliflozin (Jardiance).
- Thiazolidinediones. These include pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia).
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