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Hypoglycemia due to Insulin Treatment

Treatment for an insulin reaction depends on the severity of the drop in serum glucose, as well as the mental status of the patient. Treatment usually includes food or juice that contains sugar, or a high carbohydrate snack. Additional treatment for a severe insulin reaction may include intravenous glucose or glucagon injection.

Initial treatment for an insulin reaction includes:

  • Drinking liquid that contains sugar
  • High carbohydrate snack

Treatment for those who are confused or unconscious from an insulin reaction includes:

The insulin dose may need to be reduced if episodes of hypoglycemia are severe or frequent.

Hypoglycemia due to Insulin Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat insulin reactions:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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