Drug Interactions With GlucaGen
If you are taking warfarin or a beta blocker, it's important to know that these drugs can interact with GlucaGen. In many cases, however, the slight risk of an interaction is not a good reason to avoid GlucaGen, as the effects of dangerously low blood sugar are serious. To help ensure your safety, let your healthcare provider know about all of your current medications.
An Introduction to GlucaGen InteractionsGlucaGen® (glucagon) can potentially react with other medications. Some of the drugs that may lead to interactions with GlucaGen include:
- Beta blockers, such as:
- Acebutolol (Sectral®)
- Atenolol (Tenormin®)
- Betaxolol (Kerlone®)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta®)
- Carvedilol (Coreg®, Coreg CR®)
- Esmolol (Brevibloc®)
- Labetalol (Trandate®)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor®, Toprol-XL®)
- Nadolol (Corgard®)
- Nebivolol (Bystolic®)
- Penbutolol (Levatol®)
- Propranolol (Inderal®, Inderal® LA, InnoPran XL™)
- Sotalol (Betapace®)
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when GlucaGen is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Beta blockers may reduce the ability of GlucaGen to increase blood sugar. Also, GlucaGen can sometimes increase heart rate and blood pressure in people taking beta blockers. In general, this interaction is not a reason to avoid using these drugs together, as these effects are far less serious than the effects of dangerously low blood sugar.