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Avandia can cause low or high blood sugar levels in people taking the medication and can even cause serious or life-threatening complications. Because prevention is the best treatment, people should be aware of the possible symptoms of high and low blood sugar levels while taking Avandia. Low blood sugar can cause symptoms such as sweating, extreme hunger, and dizziness. Symptoms of high blood sugar can include nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
What Are Avandia's Effects on Blood Sugar Levels?One of the possible side effects of Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) is its effect on blood sugar levels. For some people, Avandia can cause blood sugar levels to drop too low (hypoglycemia). It is also possible for blood sugar to rise too high (hyperglycemia) in people taking Avandia.
Avandia and Low Blood SugarUnlike many other diabetes medications, Avandia is unlikely to cause low blood sugar. However, low blood sugar is more likely when Avandia is combined with other diabetes medications. Low blood sugar is also more common in elderly people and in people with adrenal, pituitary, liver, or kidney problems -- as well as during fasting before surgery and after prolonged exercise.
- Extreme hunger
- Cold sweats
- Blurry vision.
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of life.