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What should someone do if they have an insulin overdose?

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What to Do If You Have an Insulin Overdose

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

  • Don’t panic. Most insulin overdoses can be treated at home. Follow these steps if you’re able:
  • Check your blood sugar. You’ll need to know where you’re starting from.
  • Drink one-half cup of regular soda or sweetened fruit juice, and eat a hard candy or have glucose paste, tablets, or gel.
  • If you skipped a meal, eat something now. Something with 15 to 20 grams of carbohydrates should raise your blood sugar.
  • Rest. Get off your feet and take a break.
  • Recheck your blood sugar after 15 or 20 minutes. If it's still low, take another 15 to 20 grams of a quick-acting sugar, and eat something if you can.
  • 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.

From: How to Handle an Insulin Overdose WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs;" "Hypoglycemia;" "Ketoacidosis;" and "Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome."

The DCCT Research Group. 1991. American Journal of Medicine,

Meneilly G. , 1994. Diabetes

Levy C. 1998. Diabetes Care,

Korzon-Burakowska A. 1998. Diabetes Care,

Familydoctor.org: "Diabetes: Why You Need Insulin and How to Use It."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs;" "Hypoglycemia;" "Ketoacidosis;" and "Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome."

The DCCT Research Group. 1991. American Journal of Medicine,

Meneilly G. , 1994. Diabetes

Levy C. 1998. Diabetes Care,

Korzon-Burakowska A. 1998. Diabetes Care,

Familydoctor.org: "Diabetes: Why You Need Insulin and How to Use It."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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