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Glucagon for Injection is used to treat severe low blood sugar in adults and pediatric patients who have diabetes. It's also used to temporarily stop gastrointestinal tract movement in adults during radiologic examinations.
Follow the instructions that come with your Glucagon Kit prescription. Review the information with your family or caregivers. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding your prescription.
Glucagon Emergency Kits come with a single-dose vial of 1 mg Glucagon for Injection and a prefilled syringe that contains 1 mL of diluent for Glucagon.
One mL of diluent should be incorporated into the glucagon vial. Gently swirl the vial until the powder has dissolved and you don't see any particles. Inspect the vial to ensure that there are no particles or discoloration. The solution should appear clear. Do not use it if the solution appears cloudy or contains particulate matter. Draw up the appropriate dose of glucagon. Glucagon should be immediately injected subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intravenously. Intravenous use should only be performed by a healthcare professional. After use, dispose of any unused medication.
Recommended dosage for treating severe low blood sugar in adults and pediatrics who weigh at least 20 kg: inject 1 mg (1 mL) subcutaneously or intramuscularly into the upper arm, thigh, or buttocks. While waiting to receive emergency care, another dose may be given if there is no response after 15 minutes.
Recommended dosage for pediatrics who weigh less than 20 kg: Inject 0.5 mg (0.5 mL) or dose equal to 20 mcg to 30 mcg per kg subcutaneously or intramuscularly into the upper arm, thigh, or buttocks. While waiting to receive emergency care, another dose may be given if there is no response after 15 minutes.
Glucagon for Injection should be stored at temperatures between 68°F-77°F (20°C-25°C).
Each Glucagon Emergency Kit comes with 1 mg Glucagon for Injection and a prefilled syringe containing 1 mL of diluent.
Do not use Glucagon if you have pheochromocytoma or insulinoma.
Do not use Glucagon if you are allergic to glucagon or any of its excipients.
Do not use Glucagon as a diagnostic aid if you have glucagonoma.
Tell your doctor if you experience bothersome or persistent side effects. Glucagon for Injection can cause side effects including reactions at the injection site, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, weakness, paleness of the skin, diarrhea, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
Glucagon for Injection, for subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intravenous use. Indianapolis, IN: Lilly USA, LLC; 2021.