Glucagen

(glucagon)

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Raises blood sugar.

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Our bottom line

Glucagen (glucagon) can help raise the blood sugar level of an unconscious person back to normal quickly, but emergency medical help is still needed.

Quick facts about Glucagen
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (glucagon)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 1 emergency-of-1mg kits
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$295.00

Upsides

  • You can store Glucagen (glucagon) at room temperature.
  • Glucagen (glucagon) is the only medicine approved for raising blood sugar when you have severely low blood sugar.
  • Comes with easy instructions for use within the kit.
  • Downloadable apps for iPhone and Android are available to help manage your kits.

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Downsides

  • Can cause changes in blood pressure and heartbeat.
  • You need someone calm enough to be able to give you Glucagen (glucagon) in case you're unconscious.
  • You should have multiple kits of Glucagen (glucagon) since low blood sugar can happen anywhere and at any time.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 1 emergency-of-1mg kits
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$295.00
How it works

Glucagen (glucagon) raises blood sugar by stimulating the liver to release its stored sugar. For radiology procedures, Glucagen (glucagon) relaxes the muscles in the stomach and intestines.

Quick facts about Glucagen
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (glucagon)

Used for

  • Severe hypoglycemia
  • Radiography of GI Tract

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Glucagen (glucagon) for Severe low blood sugar

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Side effect rates for Glucagen (glucagon)

  • Nausea

Risks and Warnings for Glucagen (glucagon)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of pheochromocytoma

    If you have a tumor in your adrenal glands called a pheochromocytoma, you can't use Glucagen (glucagon) because your blood pressure can get very high. Talk to your doctor about alternatives and ways to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.