What Is GlucaGen Used For?
The primary use of GlucaGen is the treatment of dangerously low blood sugar. However, it is also used for other purposes, such as slowing down the digestive tract and treating certain types of overdoses. GlucaGen will not work in all situations, such as in people with adrenal insufficiency, long-term hypoglycemia, or other conditions where the liver is deprived of glycogen.
An Overview of GlucaGen Uses
People with diabetes who have a tendency to develop low blood sugar should always have a glucagon kit with them, such as GlucaGen, since severe low blood sugar can be fatal. Of course, the best course of action is to prevent severe low blood sugar in the first place. This involves recognizing your individual signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, and taking swift action to prevent blood sugar from dropping even further.
Treating mild low blood sugar symptoms with a source of "fast" sugar (such as glucose tablets, juice, or soda) in combination with a slow-acting source of sugar (such as crackers and cheese or a meat sandwich) is important for preventing dangerously low blood sugar.
If the person with low blood sugar is awake and able to eat, it is best to treat the low blood sugar with food and/or drink. If the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to eat or drink, it is best to treat low blood sugar with intravenous glucose or dextrose.
However, unless the person is already in a medical facility, intravenous glucose is usually not an immediate option. In such situations, GlucaGen can be lifesaving and can awaken the person enough for eating or drinking.