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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.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking glucagon:

Rare
  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • 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
  • hives, itching, or skin rash
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • sweating
  • tightness in the chest

Minor Side Effects

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:
  • Vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to glucagon: injectable powder for injection

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and vomiting. A higher incidence of nausea and vomiting has been reported with higher doses.[Ref]

Endocrine

Endocrine side effects have included symptoms of hypoglycemia following a dose of glucagon (the active ingredient contained in GlucaGen) [Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included generalized allergic reactions, including urticaria, respiratory distress, and hypotension.[Ref]

References

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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