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Baqsimi

Generic Name: glucagon
Dosage Form: Nasal Powder
Date of Approval: July 24, 2019
Company: Eli Lilly and Company

Treatment for: Hypoglycemia

Medically reviewed by J. Stewart, BPharm Last updated on Jul 24, 2019.

Patient Information

Read this Patient Information before you start treatment. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is Baqsimi?

Baqsimi is a prescription medicine used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes ages 4 years and above.

It is not known if Baqsimi is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.

Who should not use Baqsimi?

Do not use Baqsimi if you:

  • have a tumor in the gland on top of your kidneys (adrenal gland) called pheochromocytoma.
  • have a tumor in your pancreas called insulinoma.
  • are allergic to glucagon, or any other ingredients. See the end of this page for a complete list of ingredients.

Before using Baqsimi

Before using Baqsimi, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have a tumor in your pancreas.
  • have not had food or water for a long time (prolonged fasting or starvation).
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Baqsimi passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you can use Baqsimi while breastfeeding.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Baqsimi?

  • Read the detailed Instructions for Use leaflet that comes with your prescription.
  • Use this medicine exactly how your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • Make sure your caregiver knows where you keep your Baqsimi and that they know how to use it the right way before you need their help.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you how and when to use Baqsimi.
  • Baqsimi contains only one dose of medicine and cannot be reused.
  • Baqsimi should be given in one side of your nose (nostril) but does not need to be inhaled.
  • Baqsimi will work even if you have a cold or are taking cold medicine.
  • After giving Baqsimi, the caregiver should call for emergency medical help right away.
  • If the person does not respond after 15 minutes, another dose may be given, if available.
  • Tell your healthcare provider each time you use Baqsimi.

Baqsimi side effects

Baqsimi may cause serious side effects, including:

  • High blood pressure. Baqsimi can cause high blood pressure in certain people with tumors in their adrenal glands.
  • Low blood sugar. Baqsimi can cause certain people with tumors in their pancreas to have low blood sugar.
  • Serious allergic reaction. Call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away if you have a serious allergic reaction including:
    • rash
    • difficulty breathing
    • low blood pressure

The most common side effects include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • runny nose
  • discomfort in your nose
  • stuffy nose
  • redness in your eyes
  • itchy nose, throat and eyes
  • watery eyes

These are not all the possible side effects. For more information, ask your healthcare provider.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Baqsimi?

  • Store Baqsimi at temperatures up to 86ºF (30ºC).
  • Keep Baqsimi in the shrink wrapped tube until you are ready to use it.
  • Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.

General Information about the safe and effective use of Baqsimi.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use this medicine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give it to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information that is written for healthcare professionals.

What are the ingredients in Baqsimi?

Active Ingredient: glucagon

Inactive Ingredients: betadex and dodecylphosphocholine

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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