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You could pay as little as $30 for GLUCAGON (Glucagon for Injection) 1mg (1 unit)*

For eligible commercially insured patients. See terms and conditions.*

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*Offer good until 12/31/2022 for up to 12 months. Patients must have commercial drug insurance coverage with insurance provider coverage for Lilly GLUCAGON to pay as little as $30 for a maximum of 3 Lilly GLUCAGON emergency kits per prescription fill. Offer subject to a monthly cap of $100 and a separate annual cap $1200. Offer void where prohibited by law. Patient is responsible for any applicable taxes, fees, or amounts exceeding monthly or annual caps. This offer is invalid for patients without commercial drug insurance or whose prescription claims for GLUCAGON are eligible to be reimbursed, in whole or in part, by any governmental program, including, without limitation, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medigap, DoD, VA, TRICARE®/CHAMPUS, or any state patient or pharmaceutical assistance program. Offer void where prohibited by law and subject to change or discontinue without notice. Card activation is required. Subject to additional terms and conditions, which can be found at here .

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GLUCAGON is used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes.

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.

Glucagon Kit
Open Glucagon Kit

How to use GLUCAGON

Be sure to designate several people who can help in case of an emergency. In the event of severe low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia), you will not be able to inject yourself with GLUCAGON. It may help you and your child feel more at ease to know that several people such as friends, the school nurse, your coach, and coworker know where your GLUCAGON emergency kits are located and how to use them in case you experience severe low blood sugar.

Instructions on how to inject GLUCAGON

Read the Instructions for Use for step by step directions on how to inject GLUCAGON

Check your GLUCAGON emergency kit’s expiration date

Severe low blood sugar can happen anytime, which makes it important to plan ahead. Look at your kit’s expiration date each time you get a new prescription. The expiration date can be found on the outside label under “Exp. Date/Control No.” on the outer red case, and also on the bottle.* The date will be written as mm yyyy to reflect the month and year of expiration. An expired GLUCAGON kit should never be used.

  • Check your kit’s expiration date
  • Add your kit’s expiration date to your calendar one month before it expires
  • Ask your doctor for a new prescription
Back of a Glucagon Kit

*Although the expiration date on the outside of the kit may be different than the expiration date on the syringe or bottle, it is the outer date (on the back of the red box) you should always refer to. The kit (as a whole) expires when the earliest expiration date of any of the items contained in the kit occurs.

The expiration date can be found on the back of your GLUCAGON kit.

Purpose and Safety Summary

Important Facts About GLUCAGON (GLOO-ka-gon). It is also known as glucagon for injection.
GLUCAGON is a prescription medicine used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes mellitus, and to stop movement in the intestines in people receiving radiology exams.


Do not use GLUCAGON if:

  • you have a tumor in the gland on top of your kidneys (adrenal gland) called a pheochromocytoma.
  • you have a tumor in your pancreas called an insulinoma.
  • you have a tumor in your pancreas called a glucagonoma because it could cause low blood sugar when used for your radiology exam.
  • you are allergic to glucagon or lactose or any of the ingredients in GLUCAGON.

GLUCAGON may cause serious side effects, including:

High blood pressure. GLUCAGON can cause high blood pressure in certain people with tumors in their adrenal glands.

Low blood sugar. GLUCAGON can cause certain people with tumors in their pancreas to have low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include sweating, blurred vision, abnormal behavior, drowsiness, hunger, lightheadedness, dizziness, slurred speech, unsteady movement, sleep disturbances, restlessness, inability to concentrate, irregular heartbeat, depressed mood, personality changes, anxiety, tingling in the hands, feet, lips or tongue, headache, tremor, and irritability.

Very low blood sugar can cause confusion, seizures, passing out (loss of consciousness), and death. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to tell if you have low blood sugar and what to do if this happens while using GLUCAGON. Know your symptoms of low blood sugar. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for treating low blood sugar.

Serious allergic reaction. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have a serious allergic reaction including:

  • rash
  • low blood pressure
  • difficulty breathing

High blood sugar. If you receive GLUCAGON before your radiology exam, it can cause high blood sugar. Your healthcare provider will monitor your blood sugar levels during your treatment.

Heart problems. If you have heart problems and receive GLUCAGON before your radiology exam, you may have an increase in your blood pressure and pulse while using GLUCAGON, which could be life-threatening. Your healthcare provider will monitor your heart during treatment.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of GLUCAGON include:

  • swelling at the injection site
  • redness at the injection site
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • decreased blood pressure
  • weakness
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • pale skin
  • diarrhea
  • sleepiness or drowsiness

These are not all the possible side effects of GLUCAGON. For more information, ask your doctor.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit , or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Before using

Before getting GLUCAGON, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have adrenal problems
  • have pancreas problems
  • have not had anything to eat or have not had a drink of water for a long time (prolonged fasting or starvation)
  • have low blood sugar that does not go away (chronic hypoglycemia)
  • have heart problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if GLUCAGON will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if GLUCAGON passes into your breast milk.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How to use

  • Read the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with GLUCAGON.
  • Use GLUCAGON exactly how your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • Make sure your caregiver knows where you keep your GLUCAGON and how to use GLUCAGON the right way before you need their help.
  • Act quickly. Having very low blood sugar for a period of time may be harmful.
  • After GLUCAGON is mixed, make sure it is clear and of water-like consistency. Do not use if it has particles or is discolored.
  • After giving GLUCAGON the caregiver should call for emergency medical help right away.
  • The caregiver should turn the person on their side to prevent them from choking.
  • If the person does not respond after 15 minutes, another dose may be given, if available.
  • Eat sugar or a sugar-sweetened product such as a regular soft drink or fruit juice as soon as you are able to swallow.

Tell your healthcare provider each time you use GLUCAGON. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of your diabetes medicines.

Before you mix the GLUCAGON powder and liquid:

  • Do not use GLUCAGON if the expiration date has passed.
  • Store GLUCAGON at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Do not freeze GLUCAGON.
  • Keep GLUCAGON in its original package and away from light.

After you mix the GLUCAGON powder and liquid:

  • Use GLUCAGON right away.
  • Throw away unused GLUCAGON.

Keep GLUCAGON and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Learn more

For more information, call 1-800-545-5979 or go to .

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use GLUCAGON for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give GLUCAGON to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This summary provides basic information about GLUCAGON but does not include all information known about this medicine. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about GLUCAGON that is written for health professionals. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other health care provider about GLUCAGON and how to take it. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if GLUCAGON is right for you.

GLUCAGON is available by prescription only.

GLUCAGON is a trademark owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.