The standard dosage of GlucaGen for adults is 1 mg (1 unit). Generally, half this amount is used for younger and/or lighter children. Your exact dosage will depend on your age and weight. If you have been prescribed this medication, make sure those around you know where you keep your kit and understand how to inject it.
An Introduction to Dosing With GlucaGenThe dose of GlucaGen® (glucagon) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on factors such as your:
- Weight (for children).
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The best treatment for severely low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is an intravenous sugar solution, such as glucose or dextrose. If such treatment is not immediately available, GlucaGen should be given. For adults, the standard dose is 1 mg (1 unit) given just under the skin (subcutaneously), into a muscle (intramuscularly), or into a vein (intravenously).
Depending on your child's age and weight, the dose could either be the full adult dose (for older and/or heavier children) or half the normal adult dose (for younger and/or lighter children). In general, children who weigh more than 55 pounds can receive the usual adult dose. Lighter children should be given a half dose.
The half dose is 0.5 mg (0.5 unit) given just under the skin, into a muscle, or into a vein. If the child's weight is unknown, consider giving the full dose for children over six to eight years of age.
When in doubt, do not worry about giving too much GlucaGen. The risks from an overdose are minimal, compared to the risks from untreated low blood sugar. If the person does not wake up within 15 minutes, a second GlucaGen dose should be given and emergency medical attention should be sought. No matter what the outcome, you should always contact a healthcare provider any time GlucaGen is used.