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Glucagon Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to glucagon: injection powder for solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by glucagon. 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:

Less common:
  • Dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • trouble in breathing
Symptoms of overdose:
  • Diarrhea
  • irregular heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • nausea (continuing)
  • vomiting (continuing)
  • weakness of arms, legs, and trunk (severe)

Severity: Moderate

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

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 or rare:
  • Fast heartbeat
  • nausea
  • vomiting

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.[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 glucagon 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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