Glucagon Emergency Kit (1mg/mL Solution)
The Glucagon emergency kit is the same glucagon found in your body, which is a natural substance that raises blood sugar by causing the body to release sugar stored in the liver. Many healthcare professionals may prescribe this kit for you along with the type of insulin you have.
Sometimes you might miss a meal, exercise too much, or not eat enough food for the amount of insulin you’ve taken. Any of these situations can lead to low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia. If not treated quickly, mild or moderate low blood sugar can become very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia). In the case of very low blood sugar, you may be physically unable to eat or drink a rapid-acting source of sugar, or you may lose consciousness. You may need a glucagon injection immediately — and a friend, family member, or coworker will need to give it to you. In some cases, doctors would recommend carry this kit with out along with your insulin pens, vials and cartridges. The extra protection can be re-assuring in the case you develop severe symptoms.
To be ready ahead of time, make sure a family member or caregiver knows where you keep this medication and how to use it. Glucagon may also be used before specific X-ray procedures of the gut. It slows down the movement of the stomach, intestines, and colon, which may help make the X-ray more clear.
Precautions & Warnings
Before using glucagon, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as latex used in some products), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: tumor of the pancreas (insulinoma), adrenal gland problems (such as Addison’s disease, pheochromocytoma), not eating/poor eating habits, frequent low blood sugar. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is more likely if you do not consume enough calories from food or do hefty exercise. Symptoms include sudden sweating, shaking, fast heartbeat, hunger, blurred vision, dizziness, or tingling hands/feet. It is a good habit to carry glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugar.
If you don’t have these reliable forms of glucose, rapidly raise your blood sugar by eating a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, honey, candy, or drinking fruit juice or non-diet soda. Tell your doctor right away about the reaction and the use of this product.
To help prevent low blood sugar, eat meals regularly, and do not skip meals. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out what you should do if you miss a meal.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk, but it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Inject this medication into a muscle or under the skin as directed by the doctor. The dosage is based on your age. Children’s dosage is also based on their weight.
After giving this medication, get medical help right away. If the person is unconscious, turn the person on their side to prevent choking if they vomit. If the person does not wake up after 15 minutes, another dose may be given, if available. When the person wakes up and can swallow, give them a quick sugar source (such as glucose tablets, juice).
Glucagon only works for a short time, and low blood sugar may return. Keep the blood sugar level up by eating crackers, cheese, a meat sandwich, or milk.
Always call your doctor right away when an episode of very low blood sugar has happened. You may need more medical treatment, or your insulin dose and diet may need to be adjusted.
Nausea, vomiting, or headache may occur. Irritation, redness, or swelling at the injection site may also occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because they have judged that your benefit is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any severe side effects, including a fast/pounding heartbeat.
A severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Please note that this is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.