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Generic Name: diazoxide

It helps to treat low blood sugar when too much insulin is produced.
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What is this medicine?

DIAZOXIDE (dye az OX ide) helps to treat low blood sugar when too much insulin is produced.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • history of gout
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to diazoxide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • diuretics
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • phenytoin
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better in 2 or 3 weeks. You will need to have important blood work done while you are taking this medicine. Check your blood sugar as directed.

You may need to be on a special diet while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about the foods that you eat and the vitamins that you take.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • cloudy, dark urine
  • fast, irregular heart beat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fruity odor to breath
  • increased thirst
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unusual swelling or sudden weight gain
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual eye or mouth movements
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • changes in taste
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusually excessive hair growth

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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