Glucagon

Glucagon treats severe low blood sugar. Is injected during severe hypoglycemic attacks.

Glucagon Overview

Reviewed: March 20, 2015
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Glucagon is a prescription medication used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in adults and children with diabetes. Glucagon is also used as a diagnostic aid in the radiologic examination of the stomach, duodenum, small bowel, and colon. Glucagon is a hormone, which helps raise sugar levels in the blood.

This medication comes in an injectable form and is administered into the muscle (intramuscular), vein (intravenous), or under the skin (subcutaneous), depending on the situation or what glucagon is being used for. 

Common side effects of glucagon include nausea, vomiting, and reaction at the injection site.

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Uses of Glucagon

Glucagon is a prescription medication used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in adults and children with diabetes. Glucagon is also used as a diagnostic aid in the radiologic examination of the stomach, duodenum, small bowel, and colon.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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