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I'm curious what occurs during an insulin overdose?

I'm curious what occurs during an insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: Insulin drops your blood sugar by escorting sugar into your cells. Too much Insulin drops your sugar too much. This will affect your brain, your liver, your whole body. ...Read more

Insulin Overdose (Definition)

An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. Insulin overdose can lead to hypoglycemia & in severe cases: coma, disorientation, seizures or death. REF: ...Read more


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Can I die of accidental insulin overdose?

Can I die of accidental insulin overdose?

Yes, but not likely: At your age the body is pretty resilient the mind still sharp and most errors of Insulin administration are engineered to be relatively small. But given the right circumstances it certainly could and does happen. ...Read more

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Could an insulin overdose be detected?

Could an insulin overdose be detected?

Yes: They can test for a level which shows if the Insulin is the persons own or from an outside source. ...Read more

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What are the tests for insulin overdose?

What are the tests for insulin overdose?

Blood tests: If blood levels of Insulin are high but levels of c-peptide are not, that indicated exogenous administration of insulin. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

What does it mean to have an insulin overdose?

Too much insulin: This is when too much Insulin was used which can lead to low blood sugar. The treatment is to give back glucose to prevent low blood sugar. Depending on which Insulin was used, it might take a little or a lot of keep your blood sugar from dropping. You might need oral glucose and in severe cases, you might need IV glucose. Call your doctor who knows you best for the best course of action. ...Read more

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What are the permanent effects of insulin overdose?

Temporary low: Insulin overdoses may cause severe hypoglycemia which would deprive the brain of glucose. If caught in time, administering glucose, glucagon, or simply eating (if conscious) would solve the problem. Death by Insulin overdose is fortunately, not too common. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens during an insulin overdose?

Please explain what happens during an insulin overdose?

Hypoglycemia: Hi. Hypoglycemia is the big, serious adverse reaction to insulin therapy. When blood sugar gets low enough (progressively worse below 50) the brain doesn't have enough fuel to run operations, and confusion results. The sympathetic nervous system is activated, which may help restore blood sugar. If sugar gets lower still, seizure & coma can follow. Death can occur. Be safe!!! To your health! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. Insulin overdose can lead to hypoglycemia & in severe cases: coma, disorientation,
seizures or death. REF: http://www.diabetes.co. Uk/insulin/insulin-overdosage. Html ...Read more

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How painful is an insulin overdose and how long will it take to die from it?

How painful is an insulin overdose and how long will it take to die from it?

Hypoglycemia: Insulin over dose can range from mild to severe. Prolonged low blood sugar can result in irreversible brain damage and even death. Mild symptoms which occurs more frequently may include headaches, tremor sweating/fatigue, irritability and extreme symptoms or 'Insulin shock' is a medical emergence. All patients on Insulin should be educated to recognize signs/symptoms/management of low blood sugar. ...Read more

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What's considered to be an insulin overdose for a non-diabetic?

Any insulin.: Any injection of Insulin into a non diabetic is technically an overdose. The symptoms of overdose are the same in diabetics and non diabetics - tremor, sweating, rapid heart rate, hunger, and if untreated - neurologic sx including seizure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for insulin overdose?

What is the treatment for insulin overdose?

Insulin overdose: Your blood sugar will drop so you need to eat to bring bs up. Other treatment option is IV water with sugar in it. Lastly, there is a hormone called glucagon that you can inject to counteract Insulin and bring blood sugar up. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an insulin overdose to take effect if I have hyperemesis?

How long does it take for an insulin overdose to take effect if I have hyperemesis?

That depends: How an overdose of Insulin will effect you depends on many factors. Short-acting Insulin starts to work in 15 minutes. Long-acting varieties like Lantus or Levemir (insulin detemir) take hours. You have to take your glucose level into account as well. If you blood sugar is at 250 it will take a lot longer for you to feel the effects of too much Insulin than if it is 110. Insulin sensitivity is the third variable. ...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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How long do you have to stay in a hospital for insulin overdose?

Intentional?: Depending on the type of Insulin you're referring to, hypoglycemia from an Insulin overdose may take anywhere from several hours to more than 24 hours to wear off. However, if the overdose was intentional, or, if the patient has had a lot of difficulty with diabetes management, a longer stay may be necessary to sort things out. ...Read more

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Can you discuss the side effects of intentional insulin overdose?

Hypoglycemia: Intentional Insulin overdose? Symptoms begin with tremulousness, clammy skin progressing to profuse sweating and a sense of aggitation and apprehesion along with palpitations. As blood sugar continues to drop one become mentally impaired and may appear intoxicated. Eventually one becomes stuporous then unconscious. Seizure and death may ensue. Very dangerous! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of intentional insulin overdose by a teen?

Hypoglycemia/death: Please seek help from your child's doctor asap if he/she is threatening to overdose on insulin. Unintentional as well as intentional suicide may be an unfortunate side-effect from severe hypoglycemia if not caught in time. ...Read more

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How long after a possible insulin overdose will a diabetic start to show signs of negative effects?

How long after a possible insulin overdose will a diabetic start to show signs of negative effects?

Type of insulin?: Short acting Insulin could start working within 5-10 minutes. Other types of Insulin could take hours before hypoglycemia might be a problem. ...Read more

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I heard that overdosing on insulin is a pretty painless way to die?

Who knows? ..: I think the more urgent question is why are you concerned about ways of dying? If you have homicidal or suicidal urges you should not act on them and seek emergent psychiatric help.
Only someone who has experienced a death from hypoglycemic coma can answer your question - a rather unlikely source of information in this life.. ...Read more

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At what age can children learn to give themselves insulin injections safely?

Really depends: It depends on when first diagnosed, many of the 1-2 year olds are so used to the injections given by their parents, that they ask to give it a try. I highly recommend that parents take a very proactive and supportive role in their child requiring insulin. By making it a normal healthy routine, the child will not fear it, but recognize its importance to keep the child safe & away from the er. ...Read more

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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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How painful is an insulin overdosed death?

How painful is an insulin overdosed death?

Not very, but...: Insulin shock was once a psych treatment that patients described as heavenly; muff your attempt & it's brain damage. If you are considering suicide, please talk with a few wise people first. Since I enjoy good health, I have no right to preach, but if the vast majority of people who have considered taking their lives, even if they are moderately disabled, have been glad afterwards that they failed. ...Read more

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What's it like to diet using insulin and how do you avoid overdose?

Diabetes educators: Please discuss this with a certified diabetes educator or your doctor. Oftentimes, Insulin is prescribed based on patient weight, regimented diet or a patient may be given a sliding scale, or an insulin/carbohydrate ratio if taking short acting insulin. Your diabetes specialist will know how to adjust Insulin doses for dietary/exercise changes to help avoid hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of an overdose of insulin diabetes medication?

What are the symptoms of an overdose of insulin diabetes medication?

Sweating+ drowsiness: As the glucose levels drop to hypoglycemic levels, the body will produce the above symptoms. The brain must have glucose and oxygen at all times and those "sensors" trigger the responses. ...Read more

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Who gives insulin to children in school with diabetes?

Nurse or child: Depending upon the age and level of responsible behavior, either the chid themselves or the school nurse should be able to administer the insulin. Discuss this with your school. ...Read more

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If a person accidently overdosed the amount of humalog, (insulin lispro) would death be quick?

Depends: It would depend on several factors - overdose by how much, degree of Insulin resistance, blood sugar at time of overdose, patient's ability to detect low blood sugar and availability if food/drink to treat hypoglycemia. I've had patients take 50 units more than they should have (took wrong insulin) who survived unscathed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for humalog (insulin lispro) overdose?

What is the treatment for humalog (insulin lispro) overdose?

Ice cream?: Food and drink. Carbs of some sort. And close glucose monitoring. ...Read more

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