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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Hydroxychloroquine: a diabetic drug in disguise?
  1. Lydia Kang1,
  2. Ted R Mikuls2,
  3. James R O’Dell2
  1. 1
    University of Nebraska Medical Center, General Internal Medicine, MSB 5544, 983331, Omaha, Nebraska, 68198-3331, USA
  2. 2
    University of Nebraska Medical Center, Rheumatology, 983025 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, 68198-3025, USA
  1. lkang{at}


Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an antimalarial agent that is commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The present report documents a case of hypoglycaemia due to HCQ in a patient with SLE and diabetes mellitus type 2, in which the HCQ completely replaced the need for daily subcutaneous insulin.

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