Aggravation of Diabetic Hyperglycemia by Chlordiazepoxide

Barnett Zumoff, Leon Hellman

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The administration of chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride, 40 mg daily, aggravated the hyperglycemia in an insulin-dependent, maturity-onset diabetic woman, raising the fasting blood glucose values from 220 mg/100 ml to 380 mg/100 ml. Review of the literature shows that virtually all psychoactive drugs affect diabetes; most tranquilizers aggravate diabetic hyperglycemia, while most antidepressants ameliorate it. The effect described in this communication is of clinical importance because of the widespread use of the benzodiazepine tranquilizers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1960-1961
Number of pages2
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2 May 1977
Externally publishedYes


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