However, if an overdose of this drug is taken, the blood sugar can be pushed dangerously low, and diabetic hypoglycemic coma and death result.
A hypoglycemic death from Insulin overdose, where the brain is starved from sugar, can be relatively peaceful. Initial symptoms of confusion and incoordination (often confused with drunken- ness) can lead on to a rapid loss of consciousness.
Significant problems using Insulin
The biggest problem with using the drug in this way is that Insu- lin must be injected. As yet there are no oral forms of the drug. The problems of intravenous administration have been described in the former Chapter about different aspects of drugs. Although