Drugs That Can Cause Pancreatitis?>

Drugs That Can Cause Pancreatitis

by Tim Gower  

Certain medications may spark acute pancreatitis. It’s challenging, though, for doctors to pinpoint a drug that may be causing the attack, particularly in older adults who may be taking multiple drugs. The classes of drugs that can trigger acute pancreatitis are wide-ranging: high blood pressure meds, diuretics, immunosuppressants, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and more.

Pancreatitis can develop from weeks to months after you begin taking a drug. Examples of drugs commonly associated with acute pancreatitis include:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme(ACE) inhibitors
  • Azathioprine
  • 6-mercaptopurine
  • Valproate
  • Sulfa-containing drugs, such as celecoxib, hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide, glyburide, and sumatriptan
  • Corticosteroids
  • Tetracycline
  • Mesalamine

This article first appeared in UC Berkeley Health After 50.