Drug-induced hypoglycemia : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Anxiety
  • Hunger
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Palpitations
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating

Symptoms of long-term (chronic) hypoglycemia can include:

  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Extreme tiredness (lethargy)
  • Movement difficulties (ataxia)

Diagnosis & Tests

A blood test will show a glucose level of less than 45 mg/dL.

In cases where people without diabetes have taken drugs for the condition, blood tests may show a high insulin level and low C-peptide level. The urine may test positive for sulfonylureas.


Review Date : 6/17/2008
Reviewed By : Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yale University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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