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News2011June › Common drug combination could have lethal effects › June 2011

Common drug combination could have lethal effects

A common drug combination - taken by millions of people every day - can cause blood sugar levels to rise to dangerous levels, a new study has discovered

A common drug combination - taken by millions of people every day - can cause blood sugar levels to rise to dangerous levels, a new study has discovered.
The drugs - paroxetine, an antidepressant, and pravastatin, a cholesterol-lowering therapy - could be lethal when they are taken together, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered.
They cause unexpected and sudden increases in blood glucose levels, and diabetics - whose levels are already high - are especially at risk.
Neither drug on its own has this effect, say the researchers, but they have estimated that at least 1 million people in America alone are taking the combination.
(Source: Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2011; doi: 10.1038/clpt.2011.83).

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