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    How to Handle an Insulin Overdose

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    Pay attention to how you feel for the next few hours. If you still have symptoms, check your sugar again an hour after eating. Keep snacking if your sugar is low.

    Get medical help if your sugar level stays low after 2 hours or if your symptoms don’t get better.

    Don't worry about pushing your sugar too high if it's only for a short time. One high level won't hurt you, but a very low level can.

    If you're unconscious or too confused or are having seizures, those around you will need to take control. Give your family and friends these instructions:

    • If you lose consciousness, they should call 911 immediately.
    • They may need to inject you with something called glucagon. It’s an insulin antidote. If you’re prone to low blood sugar, ask your doctor if you should have glucagon on hand at home.
    • If you're alert enough to follow instructions, they should give you sweet juice to drink.
    • If your symptoms don't steadily improve during the next hour, they should call 911.

    How to Prevent an Insulin Overdose

    There are things you can do to prevent an overdose:

    Keep a consistent schedule. It’ll make it much easier for you to stay on track.

    Eat something at every mealtime. Even if you're not hungry, have some bread, a glass of skim milk, or a small serving of fruit. Never skip meals when you've taken insulin.

    Be prepared. Expect that you'll have insulin complications at some point. Pack hard candies in your bag and your partner's. Keep some in the car and in your travel bag, too.

    Make sure friends and family know the way you react to hypoglycemia. It’ll help them take action if your low blood sugar levels make you confused.

    Wear a medical alert bracelet. Make sure it says you use insulin.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on March 19, 2016
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