Misdiagnosis of Medication Causes of Diabetes


About medication causes: Another misdiagnosis possibility is that a particular medication or substance may be the real cause of the disease. Certain medications, chemicals, toxins or substances may possibly be underlying causes of Diabetes. Side effects of medications, or exposure to toxins, chemicals, or other substances may cause a symptom or condition. Hence, they become possible underlying causes of Diabetes but are often misdiagnosed or overlooked as a cause. For a general overview of this misdiagnosis issue, see Medication Underlying Cause Misdiagnosis.

Medication causes list: The list of possible medications or substances mentioned in sources as possibly causing Diabetes includes:

  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) - excessive niacin can cause high blood sugars.
  • Steroids - Some steroids raise blood sugars and thus mimic diabetes (usually Type 2).
  • Pyriminil (Vacor) - a rat poision, can cause Type I diabetes
  • Pentamidine - a pneumonia treatment, can cause Type I diabetes
  • L-asparaginase - an anti-cancer drug, can cause Type I diabetes
  • Alloxan
  • Streptozocin
  • Thiazide diuretics
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Interferon alpha - can lead to antibodies and a form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes. Paradoxically, this is also a research treatment for Type 1 diabetes.
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Alpha-adrenergic agonists
  • Beta-adrenergic agonists
  • Estrogen
  • Psychoactive drugs
  • Sympathomimetic agents

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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