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Drug-Induced Hypoglycemia

Alternate Names : Medication-Induced Hypoglycemia, Hypoglycemia from Medications

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Hypoglycemia, means that the blood glucose level is too low to be in a healthy range. Drug- induced means that this low blood glucose level has been caused by drugs or medicines.

What is going on in the body?

Hypoglycemia is a harmful condition that, if left untreated, can cause coma or even death in severe cases. Most of the time, the levels of glucose in the blood are well controlled by the body. Certain kinds of medicine, however, may cause a level of blood glucose that is lower than a healthy range.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Hypoglycemia due to medicines is most often seen in a person with diabetes. The person is often taking medicines, such as insulin shots, to keep the blood glucose from getting too high. A person's blood glucose may get too low because:

  • too much medicine was taken
  • nothing was eaten after taking the medicine
  • the person exercised longer or harder than usual
  • Other substances can also cause hypoglycemia in some people, including:

  • alcohol
  • certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, called NSAIDs
  • certain antibiotics


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    Drug-Induced Hypoglycemia: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/10/02

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