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

You can also set reminders with the Manage My Kits feature within the FREE Glucagon App.

*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.

Back of a Glucagon Kit
Indication and Important Safety Information
Indication

Glucagon is a treatment for very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) which may occur in patients with diabetes. Symptoms include disorientation, unconsciousness, and seizures or convulsions.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR GLUCAGON

What is the most important information I should know about Glucagon?

  • You should NOT use Glucagon if you have a pheochromocytoma or if you are allergic to Glucagon. (A pheochromocytoma is a tumor, typically of the adrenal gland, that may lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and anxiety.)
  • Make sure you tell your healthcare provider if you have been diagnosed with or have been suspected of having an insulinoma, as Glucagon should be used cautiously in this situation. (An insulinoma is a pancreatic tumor that secretes insulin.)
  • You and anyone who may need to help you if your blood sugar becomes very low (severely hypoglycemic), should become familiar with how to use Glucagon before an emergency arises. Read the Information for the User provided in the kit.
  • Make sure that your relatives or close friends know that if you become unconscious, medical assistance must always be sought. If you are unconscious, Glucagon can be given while awaiting medical assistance.
  • Do not use the kit after the date stamped on the vial of Glucagon.
  • If you have questions concerning the use of this product, consult a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

WARNING: YOU MAY BE IN A COMA FROM SEVERE HYPERGLYCEMIA (VERY HIGH BLOOD SUGAR) RATHER THAN HYPOGLYCEMIA (VERY LOW BLOOD SUGAR). IN SUCH A CASE, YOU WILL NOT RESPOND TO GLUCAGON AND REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.

What are the possible side effects of Glucagon?
  • Side effects may include nausea and vomiting, a temporary increase in heart rate, and allergic reactions to Glucagon or to one of the inactive ingredients in Glucagon.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of Prescription drugs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I take Glucagon?
  • Act quickly. Prolonged unconsciousness may be harmful.
  • Make sure your family and friends know to turn you on your side to prevent choking if you are unconscious.
  • The contents of the syringe are inactive and must be mixed with the Glucagon in the accompanying vial immediately before giving the injection. Do not prepare Glucagon for Injection until you are ready to use it.
  • Glucagon should not be used unless the solution is clear and of a water-like consistency.
  • The usual adult dose is 1 mg. For children weighing less than 44 lbs (20 kg), give ½ adult dose (0.5 mg). For children, withdraw ½ of the solution from the vial (0.5 mg mark on syringe). Discard unused portion.
  • You should eat as soon as you awaken and are able to swallow. Inform a doctor or emergency services immediately.
How should I store Glucagon?
  • Store the kit at controlled room temperature between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) before mixing Glucagon with the diluent.
  • Glucagon that has been mixed with diluent should be used immediately. Discard any unused portion. Glucagon should be clear and of a water-like consistency at time of use.
Glucagon is available by prescription only

For more safety information, please see Information for the User and Information for the Physician.

HI GLUC CON ISI 18APR2018