What is Glucagon?
Glucagon is a medicine that’s different from insulin. It’s used to treat severe low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia). Glucagon works by telling your body to release sugar (glucose) into the bloodstream to bring the blood sugar level back up.
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 severe. In these cases, you may be physically unable to eat or drink a rapid acting source of glucose or you may lose consciousness. You will need a Glucagon injection immediately—and a friend, family member, or coworker may need to give it to you.
Recognize the symptoms of severe low blood sugar and be ready to use Glucagon
Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include disorientation, unconsciousness, and seizures or convulsions.
Giving a Glucagon injection can be scary, but it’s very important to recognize the symptoms of severe low blood sugar and be ready to use Glucagon. Take a moment to become familiar with your Glucagon kit—it’s small and portable and houses all the items needed to administer Glucagon in a bright red case. It’s a good idea to open the case and look at the contents. You and anyone who may need to help you with severe low blood sugar treatment should also know how to use Glucagon before an emergency arises. Be sure to read the Information for the User provided in the 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 co-workers know where your Glucagon emergency kits are located and how to use them in case you experience severe low blood sugar. Consider asking others to download the Glucagon App and view this website.