Generic name: Glucagon Nasal Spray (GLOO ka gon)
Brand name: Baqsimi
Drug class: Glucose elevating agents
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 27, 2020.
Uses of Glucagon Nasal Spray:
- It is used to treat low blood sugar.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Glucagon Nasal Spray?
- If you are allergic to glucagon nasal spray; any part of glucagon nasal spray; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have an adrenal gland tumor called pheochromocytoma.
- If you have certain types of pancreas tumors (glucagonoma, insulinoma).
- If you have a weak adrenal gland, have not had food or water for a long time, or have low blood sugar often.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with glucagon nasal spray.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take glucagon nasal spray with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Glucagon Nasal Spray?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take glucagon nasal spray. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you have eaten sugar or a product that has sugar in it like a regular soft drink or fruit juice. Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully alert.
- Low blood sugar can happen with glucagon nasal spray in people who have certain types of pancreas tumors (glucagonoma, insulinoma). Very low blood sugar can lead to seizures, confusion, passing out, and sometimes death. If signs of low blood sugar happen after using glucagon nasal spray, get medical help right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Glucagon Nasal Spray) best taken?
Use glucagon nasal spray as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Be sure you know how to use before an emergency happens. Read the package insert and instructions for use that come with glucagon nasal spray. If you have any questions about how to use glucagon nasal spray, talk with the doctor or pharmacist.
- Someone else may have to give glucagon nasal spray. Be sure others know where glucagon nasal spray is stored and how to give it if needed.
- Get medical help right away after using glucagon nasal spray.
- After using glucagon nasal spray, eat and drink as soon as you can. This includes having a product that has sugar in it like juice. Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
- Do not take glucagon nasal spray by mouth. Use in your nose only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
- Each container is for one use only. Use right after opening. Throw away any part of the opened container after the dose is given.
- If needed, another dose may be used after 15 minutes or as you have been told by the doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of low blood sugar like dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating.
- A fast heartbeat.
- Blisters; scaly, red, itchy, or painful skin; or if the skin starts to break down.
What are some other side effects of Glucagon Nasal Spray?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Glucagon Nasal Spray?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep glucagon nasal spray in the shrink wrapped tube until you are ready to use it.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about glucagon nasal spray, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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