Side Effects of GlucaGen
Some of the potential side effects of GlucaGen include nausea, vomiting, and a short-term increase in heart rate. It's important to note that reactions to this drug are fairly uncommon, and any side effects that do occur tend to be outweighed by the potentially lifesaving benefits of GlucaGen. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop hives or any other signs of an allergic reaction.
An Introduction to GlucaGen Side Effects
Just like any medicine, GlucaGen® (glucagon) can cause side effects. However, when GlucaGen is used to treat dangerously low blood sugar, the likely benefits of the drug usually far outweigh the possible side effects, since low blood sugar can be fatal.
In addition, it can be difficult to know which effects are real side effects of GlucaGen and which are simply the effects of the low blood sugar itself.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with GlucaGen. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Possible Side Effects of GlucaGenGlucaGen has not been studied in placebo-controlled studies (studies that compare the drug to one with no active ingredient), since it would be dangerous to treat low blood sugar with a placebo. However, since GlucaGen is identical to the natural human hormone glucagon, dangerous side effects are not expected to be likely.
In general, GlucaGen side effects are uncommon. Nausea and vomiting have been reported, but such reactions might just be caused by the low blood sugar or the recovery from the low blood sugar, not due to the GlucaGen specifically. It is important to place the person on his or her side before they wake up, since vomiting may occur as the person awakens.
GlucaGen can temporarily increase or decrease blood sugar and may also temporarily increase the heart rate. For most individuals, these changes are of no real concern. However, such changes could be dangerous for people with heart conditions.
In rare cases, allergic reactions have been reported with GlucaGen. Signs of allergic reactions might include:
- An unexplained rash
- Redness of the face
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Difficulty breathing.
It is possible that such reactions might be life-threatening. In the event of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.