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Patient Information Leaflet
Glucose Injection Minijet®, 50 % w/v Solution for Injection

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you are
given this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or nurse
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours
• In this leaflet, Glucose Injection Minijet, 50 %
w/v will be called Glucose Injection.
In this leaflet:
1. What Glucose Injection is for
2. Before you are given Glucose Injection
3. How Glucose Injection will be given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Glucose Injection
6. Further information.

1. What Glucose Injection is for
Glucose is a naturally occurring sugar.
A glucose injection may be used for the following
• As a source of energy for the body. (e.g. as
intravenous feeding)
• When the blood sugar level is dangerously low
• To reduce pressure inside the head caused by
alcohol intoxication or withdrawal effects from
alcohol (the ‘DTs’)

As Glucose Injection is only used in medical
emergencies, the injection will be given by a doctor
or nurse in a hospital.

2. Before you are given Glucose Injection
Do not use Glucose Injection if:
• You are allergic to glucose
• You are allergic to corn or corn products
• You are allergic to carbohydrates
• You have had a stroke
• You are in a diabetic coma (hyperglycaemic
coma) as a result of too much sugar
• You are unable to urinate
• You have bleeding in the brain or spine (e.g.
from a stroke or aneurysm)
• You have withdrawal effects from alcohol (the
‘DTs’) but are already dehydrated
• You are a child under 6 years.
If any of the above applies to you talk to your
doctor or nurse.
Check with your doctor before you are given
Glucose Injection if:
• You have diabetes
• You are very undernourished
• You have thiamine (vitamin B) deficiency
• You have been told that you have low phosphate
levels in your blood

• You have been told that you have
haemodilution. This is a decrease in the amount
of red blood cells due to an increase in the
amount of plasma in your blood
• You have an infection such as blood poisoning
• You have had a bad accident
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the
following medicines:
• Any other medicine, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to
become pregnant or breastfeeding. Glucose
Injection will only be given to you if your doctor
considers the benefit of treatment outweighs the
risk to the developing or new born baby.

3. How Glucose Injection will be given to
• Glucose Injection will be given to you by a
doctor or nurse in hospital. Your doctor will
choose the dose that is right for you
• The amount of glucose you are given depends
on the condition you are being treated for and
how you respond
• Your medicine will be given to you as a slow
injection into a very large vein near to your heart.

Adults, the elderly and children 6 years and over

4. Possible side effects

Very low blood sugar levels
• The usual dose is 20 to 50 ml.
• Once your treatment has worked you will be given
nutritional supplements by mouth to stop it
happening again

Like all medicines Glucose Injection can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
• Allergic reactions (this may include breathlessness
and collapse)
• Dehydration
• Raised temperature
• Low phosphate, potassium or magnesium levels in
your blood
• If you do not have enough vitamin B in your body,
the glucose injection may affect your nervous system.
This could make you feel confused and have
problems with your eyes and speech.
The following effects may occur at the site of injection:
• Local pain, inflammation and irritation
• Thrombophlebitis which is inflammation of the vein
due to a blood clot.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

Acute alcohol intoxication
• The usual dose is 50 ml.
• Insulin and thiamine hydrochloride will also be given
to you at the same time.
Glucose injections are not recommended for children
under 6 years.
If you think you have been given more Glucose
Injection than you should
As this medicine will be given to you whilst you are in
hospital, it is unlikely that you will be given too little
or too much. However, if you think you have been
given too much of this medicine, please tell your doctor
or nurse.
If you have been given too much you will have very
high levels of sugar in you blood. This may cause you
to, feel very hungry and thirsty, urinate a lot, or have
blurred vision and fatigue. This can lead to dehydration
and coma. Left untreated this can be fatal.
If you have any further questions about the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.

5. How to store Glucose Injection
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date on the

carton and vial label. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
Store below 25°C.
Do not use the injection if there are any crystals in the
Your doctor or nurse will make sure your medicine is
correctly stored and disposed of.

6. Further information
What Glucose Injection contains
The active substance is glucose (500 mg per ml).
The only other ingredient is ‘water for injections’.
What Glucose Injection looks like
Glucose Injection is a sterile solution in a clear glass
vial. It comes in 10 ml and 50 ml vials. The container
is specially designed for use with the IMS Minijet
Marketing Authorisation Holder
International Medication Systems (UK) Limited, 21 St
Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JS, UK
International Medication Systems Limited, South El
Monte, CA 91733, USA
This leaflet was last updated on October 2016.

If this leaflet is difficult to see or read or you
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International Medication Systems (UK) Limited,
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