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If you have diabetes and are prone to low blood sugar, it's important to have a glucagon kit such as GlucaGen with you at all times. This potentially lifesaving drug works in the liver to increase blood sugar. It is typically injected just under the skin. After being given this medication, a person will usually wake up within 15 minutes.

What Is GlucaGen?

GlucaGen® is a brand-name form of glucagon, which is a hormone that the body uses to help control blood sugar levels. Because it can rapidly raise blood sugar, GlucaGen is used as a treatment for severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). It is also used in certain diagnostic tests.
(Click What Is GlucaGen Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, GlucaGen can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
Possible side effects seen with GlucaGen include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of GlucaGen to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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