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July 31, 2001

Hyperglycemia and DKA, Other Medications

Question from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA:

During a recent routine check up, I had a slightly elevated blood sugar, and I have been taking large doses (800 mg a day) of ibuprofen for muscle ache. Is it possible that taking ibuprofen caused the increase in the blood sugar level?


The drug, itself, is less likely to be the cause of elevated blood sugars. Rather, it may be the stress associated with increased pain which may cause problems.