Insulin Reaction Treatment
Call 911 if the person has:
- A severe reaction
- A seizure
- A loss of consciousness
For a severe reaction:
- While waiting for emergency help, inject glucagon if you are trained to do so.
For moderate to mild symptoms:
1. Raise Blood Sugar
Give the person a high-sugar food such as:
- 3 to 4 glucose tablets
- 1/3 to 1/2 tube of glucose in gel form
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup raisins
- 2 large or 6 small sugar cubes in water
- 4 to 6 oz. of regular soda, not diet
- 1 tablespoon of molasses, honey, or corn syrup
- 5 hard candies
2. Repeat Treatment, if Necessary
- After 15 minutes, test blood sugar, if possible.
- If symptoms persist or blood sugar reading is below 70 mg/dL, give another high-sugar food.
- If the person's next meal is more than 30 minutes away, give the person a small snack, such as 1/2 sandwich, 1 oz. cheese with 4 to 6 crackers, or 1 tablespoon peanut butter with 4 to 6 crackers.
3. When to Get Medical Help Immediately
- If the person still doesn't feel better, go to a hospital emergency room or call 911.
4. Follow Up
- If you go to the hospital, doctors may give sugar intravenously.