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What would you do to help a friend with diabetes who had inadvertently taken an overdose of insulin?

What would you do to help a friend with diabetes who had inadvertently taken an overdose of insulin?

Diabetes: You first call 911. Then basic CPR guidelines. Sometimes diabetic patients will have a special solution of sugar, but unless they told you where that may be or instructed you on how to use it, then this would be for naught. Stay with the friend until the medics arrive to keep your friend safe. Of course, this is one scenario and other physicians may review other scenarios on healthtap. ...Read more

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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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If your friend inadvertently took an overdose of insulin, how would you help him out?

If your friend inadvertently took an overdose of insulin, how would you help him out?

Watch for lows: Make sure he has food and drink available. Keep an eye on his blood sugars. Know how to give glucagon if he is unable to eat. ...Read more

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My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

Serious injury: The brain relies on glucose for metabolism and developing a coma as a result of an Insulin overdose is very serious. Their recovery will depend on how long glucose was low and other factors including the presence of prior vascular disease in the brain. There could definitely be long term impairment as a result. ...Read more

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My friend claims that she has insulin that is cloudy and jelly like, is it possible that it froze, what is that?

My friend claims that she has insulin that is cloudy and jelly like, is it possible that it froze, what is that?

Insulin: Insulin is a protein, and like egg white and other proteins, it can "cook", "freeze" or otherwise go bad. If it does not look right, and especially if it is not working to lower glucose, take it back to your pharmacy and get a replacement. ...Read more

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Almost 24hrs since my friend took the insulin 70units and non diabetic. Not getting shaky and dizzy and ssleepy?

Almost 24hrs since my friend took the insulin 70units and non diabetic. Not getting shaky and dizzy and ssleepy?

Many Possibilities: Typically daily internal output, slender healthy adult, ~35-45 units/day, 70 higher but not that high. If person had ?ed glucose (despite not recognized, common), ate enough &/or able to crank up internal glucose production fast/well enough (i.e. Fairly healthy), then no symptoms even if fully injected & absorbed. In healthy people, typically 50-60% glucose internal production. Type insulin, etc. ...Read more

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A friend is diabetic & is on meds for years.His cretanine level has gone up.Is it better if he takes insulin than oral meds to keep sugar controlled.

A friend is diabetic & is on meds for years.His cretanine level has gone up.Is it better if he takes insulin than oral meds to keep sugar controlled.

Depends: Hi. That depends on how high the creatinine went up to. Metformin should be stopped if creatinine goes up much because risk of a serious side effect goes up. Some sulfonylureas can accumulate if creatine goes up much. Insulin tends to accumulate in renal insufficiency too, but dose can be micro-adjusted if necessary. Your fried should talk with his/her doc and maybe see a kidney doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

My friend's sister has diabetes and she has an insulin pump. How exactly does it work?

Continuous insulin: The pump keeps a constant basal level of Insulin in the blood at all times. The person can also dial in a bolus dose at meal times to cover rises in blood sugar with eating. A good description of the pump can be found here http://www.Medtronic.Com/for-healthcare-professionals/products-therapies/diabetes/therapies/insulin-pump-therapy/index.Htm. ...Read more

Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more