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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?

Answer:

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.

JTL