GlucaGen Side Effects
Generic Name: glucagon
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of glucagon. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name GlucaGen.
For the Consumer
Applies to glucagon: injection powder for solution
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by glucagon (the active ingredient contained in GlucaGen). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking glucagon:Less common:
- trouble in breathing
- irregular heartbeat
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps or pain
- nausea (continuing)
- vomiting (continuing)
- weakness of arms, legs, and trunk (severe)
If any of the following side effects occur while taking glucagon, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:Less common:
- Skin rash
Some of the side effects that can occur with glucagon may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:Less common or rare:
- Fast heartbeat
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to glucagon: injectable powder for injection
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and vomiting. A higher incidence of nausea and vomiting has been reported with higher doses.[Ref]
Endocrine side effects have included symptoms of hypoglycemia following a dose of glucagon (the active ingredient contained in GlucaGen) [Ref]
Hypersensitivity side effects have included generalized allergic reactions, including urticaria, respiratory distress, and hypotension.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Glucagon (glucagon)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
Not all side effects for GlucaGen may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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