- What is glucagon?
- What brand names are available for glucagon?
- Is glucagon available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for glucagon?
- Why is glucagon prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of glucagon?
- What is the dosage for glucagon?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with glucagon?
- Is glucagon safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about glucagon?
What is glucagon?
Glucagon is a hormone produced by the pancreas that, along with insulin, controls the level of glucose in the blood. Glucagon has the opposite effect of insulin. It increases the glucose levels in blood. Glucagon, the drug, is a synthetic (man-made) version of human glucagon and is manufactured by genetic engineering using the bacteria Escherichia coli.
Is glucagon available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for glucagon?
Why is glucagon prescribed to patients?
What are the side effects of glucagon?
Nausea and vomiting may occur occasionally after injection of glucagon, but this may be a symptom of the hypoglycemia for which glucagon is being given. Rare allergic-type reactions may occur with glucagon including itching, respiratory distress, or low blood pressure.
Glucagon should not be administered to hypoglycemic patients who are also experiencing starvation, adrenal insufficiency or are suffering from chronic hypoglycemia. These medical conditions may be associated with an inability of the liver to produce glucose sufficiently in response to glucagon. For these patients, oral glucose is more effective if the patient is conscious. If the patient is not conscious, intravenous glucose should be given.
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