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Abuse of sulfonylureas: Is factitious hypoglycemia a cause for concern?

Wazaify, M, Abushams, L and van Hout, MC (2019) Abuse of sulfonylureas: Is factitious hypoglycemia a cause for concern? International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 41 (3). pp. 3-5. ISSN 2210-7703

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Abstract

Several prescription and nonprescription drugs are liable for abuse. However, oral hypoglycemic agents are among the most benign and low-risk drugs in terms of abuse liability. This commentary intends to raise awareness regarding the abuse of a particular type of oral hypoglycemic agent, namely sulfonylurea drugs, used to experience mental-altering effects for its euphoric “hypoglycemic rush.” Information is available on discussion fora online where people exchange their experiences. Moreover, several case reports have been published and described the liability for abuse of sulfonylurea drugs. This article intends to shed the light on this phenomenon in light of the available literature, attempting to explain the possible scientific basis for it. In addition, it highlights the need for health professional awareness and vigilance for this form of drug diversion. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11096-018-0767-9
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 12:17
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 12:24
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s11096-018-0767-9
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10209

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