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Hypoglycemia treatment


Hypoglycemia treatment can change depending upon the underlying cause and other factors. Based on what led to the episode, treatment may be given for that cause, in order to hopefully solve that medical problem, as well as avoid future episodes of hypoglycemia. Additionally, the blood sugar level of the individual should be raised at once, back to a normal range.

Eating or drinking carbohydrates

Usually, taking 10 to 20 grams of carbohydrates is proper to quickly raise the person's blood glucose. Within 5 minutes, the individual's symptoms should begin to become better. Complete recovery may take a bit longer, up to around 20 minutes. One should not take additional carbohydrates to attempt to speed up the process, as that does not work, and may actually lead to high blood sugar if the person is diabetic.

In severe situations

In some cases, the patient may not be able to eat or drink, such as if unconscious or having seizures. In such a situation, medical workers might administer dextrose via IV. Glucagon can also be administered by way of an intramuscular injection.


This is a medicine used in treatment of type 2 diabetes, and sometimes prediabetes as well. For people taking this medication, or another alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, starchy foods will not be as effective in resolving a hypoglycemic episode. Instead something like honey or juice should be taken. Either sucrose or glucose is preferred in such a situation. Glucose tablets are another option.

Please talk with a qualified individual

As with the rest of the information on this website, the details here are not medical advice and should not be used as such. If a situation calls for advice or assistance from a professional, then please be in touch with such a person. Keep in mind that a hypoglycemia episode can be a serious situation, and the treatment used in any given situation may differ from what is used in another.

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