Drug-induced hypoglycemia

Definition of Drug-induced hypoglycemia

Drug-induced is low blood sugar that results from medication.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

All of the following can cause blood sugar (glucose) levels to drop:

Signs and tests

A blood test will show a glucose level of less than 70 mg/dL.


You will be given glucose. The doctor will review your diabetes treatment plan to help prevent future problems.

Expectations (prognosis)

The outlook is good if the hypoglycemia is promptly detected and treated. However, long-term and repeated episodes of hypoglycemia may damage the brain and nerves.


Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/10/2010

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