Glucagon Side Effects
What should I watch for?
If you receive this medicine as part of a diagnostic test, follow your health care providers advice for eating and drinking after the procedure.
If you have this kit to help treat low blood sugar:
Keep this kit with you at all times. Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say you have diabetes, and carry a card that lists all your medications.
Show your family members and others where you keep this kit. Make sure that you and your family or caregiver know how to use this kit the right way before you need it. They need to know how to use it before you need it.
Learn how to check your blood sugar. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure others know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must get medical help at once. Also, remind others that they may need to give you this medicine injection before medical help is available. A repeat injection may be needed while waiting for medical help.
Always get immediate medical help after receiving an injection of this medicine. This is very important. Do this even if you respond to the medicine and are alert.
After you are alert and can swallow after an injection of this medicine, you should eat or drink some carbohydrates to prevent continued low blood sugar.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you are alert and have eaten sugar or a sugar-sweetened product such as a regular soft drink or fruit juice.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
cool, pale skin
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Difficulty with swallowing
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
pounding in the ears
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
slow or fast heartbeat
tightness in the chest
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.