Diazoxide raises blood sugar by slowing the release of insulin from the pancreas.

Diazoxide is used to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) caused by certain cancers or other conditions that can make the pancreas release too much insulin. This medicine is for use in adults and children as young as infants.

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  • Proglycem, Hyperstat
  • Rare
    Chest pain caused by exercise or activity
    numbness of the hands
    shortness of breath (unexplained)
    Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking diazoxide, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Decreased urination
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    weight gain (rapid)
    Less common
    Fast heartbeat
    skin rash
    stiffness of arms or legs
    trembling and shaking of hands and fingers
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with diazoxide may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Changes in ability to taste
    increased hair growth on forehead, back, arms, and legs
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    stomach pain
  • (injectable solution, oral capsule, oral suspension, compounding powder)