Generic Name: diazoxide (dye-az-OX-ide)
Brand Name: Proglycem
Diazoxide suspension is used for:
Treating low blood sugar.
Diazoxide suspension is a glucose-elevating agent. It works by blocking the release of insulin from the pancreas, which helps to increase blood sugar.
Do NOT use diazoxide suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in diazoxide suspension or to other thiazides (eg, hydrochlorothiazide)
- you have functional low blood sugar
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using diazoxide suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with diazoxide suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have heart problems, kidney problems, low potassium levels in the blood, or high blood pressure
- if you have a history of aneurysm
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with diazoxide suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), sulfonylureas (eg, glipizide), or thiazide-type diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide) because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if diazoxide suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use diazoxide suspension:
Use diazoxide suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before using.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- Diazoxide suspension works best if it is taken on a regular schedule.
- Continue to use diazoxide suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of diazoxide suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use diazoxide suspension.
Important safety information:
- Follow the dietary plan as provided by your doctor.
- Using a kit, test your urine or blood sugar as instructed by your doctor.
- LAB TESTS, including blood glucose determinations, platelet counts, and serum urea nitrogen, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking diazoxide suspension, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using diazoxide suspension during pregnancy. Use diazoxide suspension with caution during labor and delivery. It is unknown if diazoxide suspension is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking diazoxide suspension.
Possible side effects of diazoxide suspension:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; excessive hair growth; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); excessive drowsiness; excessive hunger or thirst; fast or irregular heartbeat; frequent urination; fruity breath; sudden weight gain; sweating; swelling of the feet or ankles.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include continued loss of appetite; drowsiness; flushed, dry skin; fruit-like breath odor; increased urination; unusual thirst.Proper storage of diazoxide suspension:
Store diazoxide suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep diazoxide suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about diazoxide suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Diazoxide suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take diazoxide suspension or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about diazoxide suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to diazoxide suspension. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using diazoxide suspension.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
More about diazoxide
- Other brands: Proglycem