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What Is GlucaGen Used For?

How Does GlucaGen Work?

Glucagon has several different actions in the body, 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.
Because GlucaGen relies on the liver's stores of glycogen, it does not work in situations where the liver is depleted of glycogen. These situations might include:
  • Starvation or fasting
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Chronic (long-term) hypoglycemia
  • Alcohol-induced hypoglycemia.

Can Children Use It?

GlucaGen is safe and effective for use in children. Children typically receive half the normal adult dosage (see GlucaGen Dosage), depending on their weight and age.

Off-Label Uses for GlucaGen

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the uses discussed in this article (these are known as "off-label" uses). For example, using GlucaGen to treat overdoses of beta blocker or calcium channel blocker medications is an off-label use.
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