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Insulin Reaction Treatment

For a severe reaction:

While waiting for emergency help, inject glucagon if you are trained to do so.
For moderate to mild symptoms:

1. Raise Blood Sugar
Give the person a high-sugar food such as:

3 to 4 glucose tablets
1/3 to 1/2 tube of glucose in gel form
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup apple juice
1/4 to 1/3 cup raisins
2 large or 6 small sugar cubes in water
4 to 6 oz. of regular soda, not diet
1 tablespoon of molasses, honey, or corn syrup
5 hard candies


2. Repeat Treatment, if Necessary
After 15 minutes, test blood sugar, if possible.
If symptoms persist or blood sugar reading is below 70 mg/dL, give another high-sugar food.
If the person's next meal is more than 30 minutes away, give the person a small snack, such as 1/2 sandwich, 1 oz. cheese with 4 to 6 crackers, or 1 tablespoon peanut butter with 4 to 6 crackers.


3. When to Get Medical Help Immediately
If the person still doesn't feel better, go to a hospital emergency room or call 911.


4. Follow Up
If you go to the hospital, doctors may give sugar intravenously.

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