Tips for hypoglycemic emergencies for children and adults

Be prepared with multiple kits

Make sure you always have a Glucagon emergency kit with your other diabetes supplies when you’re away from home. It’s important to have more than one kit and consider keeping one at school, at work, with close relatives, and in places where you or your child spend a lot of time. Close friends, co-workers, family members, school nurses, and coaches should know where your kits are and how to use them.

Multiple Glucagon Kits
Father and Child

Places to keep Glucagon kits

For children
  • in the school nurse’s office
  • at daycare or with the sitter
  • with the coach
  • at homes of relatives
For adults
  • at the workplace
  • with you when traveling
  • at the homes of close friends
  • in your college dorm room

Ask your doctor about prescribing more than one Glucagon kit. Your insurance plan may allow you to receive more than one kit with only one co-pay.

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.

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