Hypoglycemia is a condition brought about by a lower than normal level of glucose (sugar) content in the bloodstream. An inadequate amount of glucose can impair many body functions that require energy. All of the cells of the body, especially brain cells, use glucose as fuel. Hypoglycemia can lead to a variety of symptoms and if left untreated, can lead to brain damage or death. Hypoglycemia can arise from many causes, but most often from inadequate glucose intake and treatments of diabetes mellitus that result in an excess of insulin. Hypoglycemia is usually treated with dextrose or the ingestion of foods that can be easily broken down to glucose.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia include:

  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • rapid heart rate
  • headache
  • chills
  • fainting
  • hunger

Hyperglycemia is a condition that occurs when there is an abnormally high level of glucose in the bloodstream. Hyperglycemia is brought about when the body does not have enough insulin to remove glucose molecules from blood and convert them into energy. Hyperglycemia is often the first indication of diabetes mellitus. If Hyperglycemia is left untreated, damage to nerves, blood vessels, and other body organs can occur. Hyperglycemia can also lead to serious health complications including Ketoacidosis, a diabetic coma.

Symptoms of Hyperglycemia include:

  • weakness and fatigue
  • extreme hunger and thirst
  • blurred vision
  • frequent urination
  • weight loss

It is important to keep your blood sugar in a healthy range. However, Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia are serous side effects of many prescription medications, including: “¢ Avandia “¢ Geodon “¢ Seroquel

If you or someone you love has developed Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia while using prescription medications, we can help you explore your legal options. Contact one of our experienced drug injury attorneys who can provide you with a confidential and free case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by