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Been searching a few textbooks and the internet to no avail. I was wondering if anyone knew by approximately how much does 1 amp of D50 raise the blood sugar in an average adult? Thanks.


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1 amp (50 mL) of 50% dextrose is 25 g dextrose. That's 100 calories. Intravenously, this should raise blood sugar by about 100 mg/dL in the average adult, but it is short lived as it's metabolized within 30 minutes.

This is for the average adult patient without external insulin or other anti-hyperglycemics on board which affect how much rise you achieve and how long it lasts.
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