Glucagon works by triggering the liver to release stored sugar, raising blood sugar levels. It is injected under the skin, similar to how insulin is injected.
What is glucagon?
What is GlucaGen® HypoKit®?
GlucaGen® HypoKit® is a glucagon emergency kit used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes and as a diagnostic aid during certain radiologic tests to temporarily stop stomach movement in adults. It is a prescription medicine that contains an injection of glucagon, a hormone that raises your blood sugar level.
Who should not use GlucaGen®?
Do not use GlucaGen® if you have a tumor in the gland on top of your kidneys (adrenal gland) called a pheochromocytoma, you have a tumor in your pancreas called an insulinoma, you are allergic to glucagon or any of the ingredients in GlucaGen®, or you have a tumor in your pancreas called a glucagonoma because it could cause low blood sugar when used for your radiology tests.
What should I know about GlucaGen® HypoKit®?
Make sure that your family members, coworkers, or close friends know that if you become unconscious they should use this kit right away. They should call for emergency medical help immediately after using the kit.
Show your family members and others where you keep this kit and how to use it. They need to know how to use it before you need it. They can practice giving a shot by giving you your normal insulin shots. It is important that they practice. A person who has never given a shot may not be able to give one when needed.
It is important that your family member or friend act quickly. Being unconscious for a period of time may be harmful. Follow the Instructions for Use to give GlucaGen® the right way.
What are the possible side effects of GlucaGen®?
GlucaGen® may cause serious side effects, including:
- High blood pressure. GlucaGen® can cause high blood pressure in certain people with tumors in their adrenal glands called pheochromocytoma.
- Low blood sugar. GlucaGen® can cause low blood sugar in patients with tumors in their pancreas called insulinomas and glucagonomas by making too much insulin in their bodies
- Serious allergic reactions. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to GlucaGen may include rash, difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure (hypotension). If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor and get emergency help right away.
The most common side effects of GlucaGen® include:
- Injection site reactions
- Feeling sleepy or drowsy
- Pale skin
- Lack of energy
- Lower blood pressure
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of GlucaGen®. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What are the ingredients in the GlucaGen® HypoKit®?
Active Ingredient: glucagon.
Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and sterile water for reconstitution.