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Glucagon Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to glucagon: injection powder for solution

Along with its needed effects, glucagon may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while 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

Some side effects of glucagon may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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.[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.

Some side effects of glucagon may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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