This medication is the same as your body's own glucagon, a natural substance that raises blood sugar by causing the body to release sugar stored in the liver. It is used to treat very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that may cause you to need help from others. Make sure a family member or caregiver knows where you keep this medication and how to use it before you need help.
How to use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist when you get this medication and each time you get a refill. Be sure to keep this medication handy in case it is needed. Learn ahead of time how to properly give this medication. Each autoinjector/syringe can be used only one time. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Caregivers should know the symptoms of low blood sugar (see also Precautions section) and be instructed on how to give glucagon if needed. An episode of very low blood sugar should be treated right away to prevent serious effects (such as brain damage).
Remove the autoinjector/syringe from the package only when you are ready to use it. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Inject this medication under the skin of the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm as directed by your doctor. Do not inject through clothing. The dosage is based on your age. Children's dosage is also based on their weight. After giving this medication, get medical help right away.
If the person is unconscious, turn the person on their side to prevent choking in case they vomit. If the person does not wake up after 15 minutes, another dose may be given, if available.
When the person wakes up and is able to swallow, a quick sugar source (such as glucose tablets, juice) should be given. Glucagon is only effective for a short time, and low blood sugar may return. The blood sugar level should be kept up by eating snacks such as crackers, cheese, a meat sandwich, or milk.
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