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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 3–5 | Cite as

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

  • Mayyada WazaifyEmail author
  • Leen Abushams
  • Marie Claire Van Hout
Commentary

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.

Keywords

Abuse Euphoria Factitious hypoglycemia Prescription drug abuse Sulfonylurea 

Notes

Funding

None.

Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biopharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacy, School of PharmacyThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Public Health InstituteLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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