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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2007 May;25(2):347-56; abstract viii.

Emergency management of oral hypoglycemic drug toxicity.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA. rowdena@einstein.edu

Abstract

There are several classes of oral diabetes medications available in the United States, including sulfonylureas, meglitinides, biguanides, glitazones, and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors. These different classes have various mechanisms of action, giving each class a unique potential for toxicity that necessitates a distinct approach to evaluation, treatment, and disposition of each class of drug. The practicing emergency physician must have an understanding of these differences to safely care for patients exposed to these medications.

PMID:
17482024
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2007.02.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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