GENERIC NAME: GLUCAGON - INJECTION (GLUE-kuh-gone)
BRAND NAME(S): Glucagon
USES: Glucagon is a hormone that causes the liver to release glucose into the blood. It is used to quickly increase blood sugar levels in diabetics with low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This medication may also be used during certain medical tests.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an injection either into a vein, an arm or leg muscle or under the skin as directed. The glucagon powder must first be dissolved using the diluting fluid provided. Use this medication immediately after it has been mixed. Unconscious patients usually return to consciousness within 5 to 20 minutes of receiving glucagon. Notify your doctor when a hypoglycemic episode has occurred so your insulin dose and diet may be adjusted if necessary. Closely monitor your blood sugar level to prevent it from getting too low. When used as a part of a medical test/procedure, you should be given sugar replacement immediately following the test to prevent low blood sugar.
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