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:
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:
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:
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 www.fda.gov/medwatch , or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before getting GLUCAGON, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How to use
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:
After you mix the GLUCAGON powder and liquid:
Keep GLUCAGON and all medicines out of the reach of children.
For more information, call 1-800-545-5979 or go to www.lillyglucagon.com .
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.
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