Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Chronic hypoglycemia
- An insulinoma (tumor of the pancreas)
- A pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland)
- Heart disease
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Glucagon and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Glucagon and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With GlucaGen to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does GlucaGen Work?Glucagon is a naturally occurring human hormone. It has several different actions, most notably causing an increase in blood glucose. It does this by working in the liver to convert glycogen (the stored form of glucose) into glucose (sugar).
GlucaGen also causes relaxation of the smooth muscles of the digestive (gastrointestinal) tract. Because of this effect, the medication is sometimes used during certain diagnostic tests in order to slow down the digestive tract.