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:
- 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
- decreased blood pressure
- pale skin
- 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 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:
- 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.
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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