Podcast # 456 Hypoglycemia: Not feeling so sweet - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast # 456 Hypoglycemia: Not feeling so sweet

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Beta-blockers can mask the effects of hypoglycemia
  • Prolonged/refractory hypoglycemia should raise a suspicion for sulfonylurea (or other oral hypoglycemic) overdose
  • Interventions to reverse hypoglycemia include feeding the patient, IV dextrose, glucagon
  • Octreotide can be used as an antidote with sulfonylurea ingestion


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Fasano CJ, O’Malley G, Dominici P, Aguilera E, Latta DR. Comparison of octreotide and standard therapy versus standard therapy alone for the treatment of sulfonylurea-induced hypoglycemia. Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Apr;51(4):400-6. Epub 2007 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 17764782.

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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