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
  • More common
    Decreased urination
    swelling of feet or lower legs
    weight gain (rapid)
    Less common
    Fast heartbeat
    Rare
    Fever
    skin rash
    stiffness of arms or legs
    trembling and shaking of hands and fingers
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Some diazoxide side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

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